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Emulex unveils platform for SAN-based storage virtualization

Quoting eChannelLine

Emulex Corp. has introduced its' new Model 765 Intelligent Services Platform designed to provide hardware acceleration for SAN-based storage management applications and services.

The Model 765 platform is a 1U system with four Fibre Channel ports, based on Emulex's AV150 Intelligent Storage Processor. Emulex Model 765 is available now for OEMs to test and qualify as a fabric-based platform for storage management and advanced data protection services. The platform's split-path architecture enables a wide range of emerging SAN-based applications including storage virtualization, replication, continuous data protection and VTL applications, officials said.

Emulex Model 765 is capable of supporting up to 1.2M IOPS and 1400MB/s of aggregate throughput. This high level of functional integration provides OEMs with industry-leading performance at an unprecedented price. Further, support for N_port connectivity on the platform enables interoperability with existing SAN fabric and thus leverages investments in current infrastructure.

"By their very nature, centralized deployments, fabric based storage applications and services tend to demand the highest levels of performance and scalability. The Model 765 platform was built from the ground up to address these requirements. The maturity of Emulex software APIs provides functionality and flexibility to OEMs by reducing the time required for integrating the platform with various applications" said Taufik Ma, vice president of marketing, intelligent network products, Emulex. "The combination of a 20Gb/s processing engine, unique data streaming architecture and high integration provides a future proof solution that supports advanced functionality for storage virtualization applications while protecting end-user investments."

Emulex also unveiled a SAN-based storage management and data protection solution based on the Emulex Model 765-S Intelligent Services Platform and the LSI StoreAge Storage Virtualization Manager (SVM) application. The solution provides hardware acceleration for applications such as storage pooling, low-capacity snapshots, cloning, mirroring, and online data migration.

The solution hosts elements of the LSI software in the Model 765-S platform located centrally in the SAN fabric. When installed in an LSI StoreAge SVM configuration, the Model 765-S extends SAN-based storage services for virtual server environments, such as VMware, and active-active clustered volume environments, such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) and PolyServe data clustering. The solution connects to the SAN as an end-point and interoperates with any vendor's fabric. Further, it supports heterogeneous server and storage environments, thus fully leveraging customers' existing infrastructure investments.

The overall solution leverages the split-path architecture supported by both the Emulex Model 765-S and the LSI StoreAge SVM enabling extremely high performance and scalability. Users now have the ability to combine the LSI StoreAge SVM storage management and data protection applications with the Emulex Model 765-S.

"Managing the idiosyncrasies of heterogeneous storage, minimizing planned and unplanned downtime, as well as compliance with regulations are some of the primary concerns of IT administrators at large enterprises and SMEs alike. Network-based virtualization solutions that address these requirements are experiencing increasing adoption," said Arun Taneja, president of the Taneja Group, a leading storage analyst firm. "This compelling solution from Emulex and LSI Logic fully leverages the split-path architecture (SPAID) and brings affordable network-based virtualization solutions to customers, while addressing high degrees of performance and scalability."

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Published Monday, March 26, 2007 5:50 AM by David Marshall
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