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Emulex Announces Support for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

Microsoft Management Summit -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced that its LightPulse(r) family of 8Gb/s and 4Gb/s Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) support Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and its new Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) feature. PRO, coupled with Emulex's management pack for PRO, enables administrators to monitor and control the allocation of virtualized servers connected to a storage area network (SAN). This enables customers to dynamically manage the performance of their virtualized infrastructure. Emulex's management pack for PRO provides Virtual Machine Manager with the I/O connectivity information needed to improve the placement and migration of virtual machines based on storage requirements and available resources.

"Emulex is committed to working with Microsoft to deliver products to the market that offer cutting edge I/O connectivity tools and features for virtualized server environments," said Mike Smith, executive vice president of worldwide marketing, Emulex Corp. "As server virtualization continues to drive SAN attach rates, Emulex's Fibre Channel HBAs provide end users with a comprehensive feature set that ensures server virtualization environments are optimized for SAN connectivity."

Emulex HBAs feature LightPulse Virtual HBA technology which offers industry-leading SAN connectivity and serves as a vital element of Microsoft's overall data center virtualization management strategy.

Emulex HBAs also improve I/O scalability in the data center and enhance overall system performance in Microsoft virtualization environments by incorporating the Message-Signaled Interrupts eXtended (MSI-X) standard, which improves application performance and reduces host CPU utilization.

"System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 enables customers to configure and deploy new virtual machines and to centrally manage their virtualized infrastructure, whether running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, or VMware ESX Server. We are pleased that Emulex is an early adopter and incorporating the Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) feature of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Virtual HBA technology to ensure SAN best practices and enhanced data center application performance, to help our customers meet the resource demands of server virtualization and Windows Hyper-V," said Dai Vu, director of Virtualization Product and Solutions Marketing at Microsoft Corp. "We look forward to continuing to build on our long-standing relationship with Emulex to ensure the success of our innovative, industry-leading solutions and to
meet the evolving needs of our mutual customers."

This week at the Microsoft Management Summit in booth 332, Emulex is showcasing its Virtual HBA Technology and the management pack for PRO working with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Emulex was the first Fibre Channel HBA vendor to announce industry-leading Virtual HBA technology support for Microsoft Virtual Server and Virtual Machine Manager. More recently, Emulex announced HBA support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 environments, as well as a new record-level Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) benchmark using its LPe12000 8Gb/s HBAs with Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Server 2008 and the IBM System x 3850 M2 server.

To learn more about Emulex's LightPulse 8Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs, visit http://www.emulex.com/products/hba/e12000/ds.jsp.

Published Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:43 PM by David Marshall
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