Independent Evaluation Confirms Superior Performance of Emulex Gen 5 Fibre Channel Technology in HP StoreFabric Networking Products

Demartek Lab Report of HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb Fibre Channel Provided by Emulex Finds Reduced Latency, Faster Workload Completion and Double Peak Throughput

Sep 16, 2013, 09:00 ET from Emulex Corporation

COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced the findings of a new Demartek lab evaluation1 that showcases the exceptional performance and horsepower of Emulex LightPulse® Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) over prior 8Gb FC based storage solutions. In a test of  HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA provided by Emulex and the HP SN6000B 16b FC switch with an all-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage system, the combined HP-Emulex solution provided the superior throughput, low latency and storage networking performance that storage-intensive applications require, such as backup/restore, client virtualization, software as a service, OLTP databases, and rich media.


"Enterprise data centers are feeling the stress of the increased demands for storage performance and bandwidth, brought on by the use of virtualized servers, database applications, solid state disks (SSDs), and flash caching," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. "Demartek's report demonstrates that when HP's StoreFabric Gen 5 FC solution provided by Emulex is coupled with PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 and SSDs, it can provide significant, measurable benefits and scale to data center applications vs. 8Gb FC technology, which will in turn save IT managers time and expense, while enabling them to take advantage of the newest HP ProLiant Servers, emerging high density virtualization and flash solutions in their data centers today."

"Organizations with performance intensive applications are frustrated with legacy storage architectures that limit business productivity," said Vish Mulchand, director of product management, storage, HP. "HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage and Emulex technology-based HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBAs meet today's performance demands while building on a proven technology foundation."

Key findings of the Demartek test comparing the HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBAs provided by Emulex against prior 8Gb FC technology in a data warehouse workload simulation include:

  • Reduced Latency:  The HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA reduced latency by more than 50 percent compared to the 8Gb FC HBA, improving data center productivity.
  • Ease of Installation:  The HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA offered a simple, plug-and play performance upgrade for the replacement of older 4Gb and 8Gb FC HBAs.
  • Increased Speed: With the HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA, a real database six-user workload was completed up to 26 percent faster than with the 8Gb FC HBA.
  • Doubled Peak Throughput: Based on the latest Emulex Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology, the HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA delivered twice the peak throughput compared to the 8Gb FC HBA, further improving end user experience during fluctuating workloads or peak hours.

"In our database workload test, the HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16Gb FC HBA doubled the peak throughput, reduced latency by more than 50 percent and completed the workload 26 percent faster than the previous generation 8Gb FC HBA," said Dennis Martin, president, Demartek. "We have concluded that faster storage networking technology such as Gen 5 Fibre Channel is well-suited to SSD technology, which is being embraced in an increasing number of enterprise data centers."

Overall, the evaluation showcased the Gen 5 FC technology delivered in the HP StoreFabric portfolio with Emulex and Brocade delivers rock-solid performance and horsepower for today's environments with growing performance requirements – such as virtualization servers, database applications, SSDs, flash caching, etc.  As a result, these solutions further optimize IT resources, while maximizing performance of larger server virtualization deployments and cloud initiatives.

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1.  Demartek Evaluation of HP StoreFabric SN1000E 16GFC HBA, August 2013

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Emulex, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, provides hardware and software solutions for global networks that support enterprise, cloud, government and telecommunications. Emulex's products enable unrivaled end-to-end application visibility, optimization and acceleration. The Company's I/O connectivity offerings, including its line of ultra high-performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products, have been designed into server and storage solutions from leading OEMs, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, NetApp and Oracle, and can be found in the data centers of nearly all of the Fortune 1000. Emulex's monitoring and management solutions, including its portfolio of network visibility and recording products, provide organizations with complete network performance management at speeds up to 100Gb Ethernet. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. For more information about Emulex (NYSE: ELX) please visit

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