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Emulex 8Gb/s HBAs Selected for IBM Power Servers

Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced that IBM has selected Emulex LightPulse® 8Gb/s Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) for the new IBM Power Systems servers. By leveraging Emulex HBAs, IBM is able to provide customers with the increased I/O bandwidth, manageability and CPU efficiency required to support the increased deployment of virtualized servers and high transaction databases. 

“Once again, Emulex and IBM have teamed up to bring a high performance, reliable SAN connectivity solution to market – one that end users can confidently use to overcome the bandwidth challenges associated with next-generation data centers,” said Taufik Ma, vice president of product marketing, Emulex. “Further, in using Emulex 8Gb/s HBAs as part of the Power server family, IBM customers will experience higher performance and throughput within their server environments, as well as greater flexibility and scalability for SAN connectivity management, which will ultimately help their organizations save time and money.” 

Offering industry-standard N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) support, Emulex’s LPe12000 family of 8Gb/s HBAs "virtualize" SAN connections so that each virtual machine has independent access to its own protected storage. Emulex Virtual HBA technology, when combined with the IBM Power platform, PowerVMTM virtualization technology and the IBM AIX® operating system, enables customers to leverage SAN management tools and best practices, such as fabric zoning and LUN mapping/masking.

“Today’s news underscores IBM Power Systems ongoing commitment to providing customers with servers that have high availability and that are virtualization ready, so that IT managers can keep up with the never-ending demand for higher-speed channel and networking applications in the data center,” said Kelvin Hawkins, vice president, Power Systems development at IBM. “IBM and Emulex have been working together for over ten years to deliver industry-leading solutions that meet our customers’ needs.”

In July, Emulex announced that IBM selected the 8Gb/s HBAs for IBM System x servers. IBM’s selection was driven by the performance attributes of Emulex’s new 8Gb/s HBA, with support for Message-Signaled Interrupts eXtended (MSI-X), an interrupt handling mechanism ideal for both virtualization and transaction-intensive environments.

Emulex has the largest installed base of Fibre Channel HBAs in IBM SANs worldwide. For more information on the Emulex’s partnership and joint work with IBM visit:

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2008 7:48 PM by David Marshall
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