Emulex launches three new Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters
Sep 02, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Emulex Corporation, which is engaged in network connectivity, monitoring and management, has announced the introduction of three new products based on the Emulex LightPulse Gen 5 Fibre Channel, or FC, technology, including the LPe16004 quad-port Gen 5, or 16GFC FC HBA, the LPe15004 quad-port low-profile Gen 5, or 8GFC, HBA, and the LPe16202 dual-port converged fabric adapter, or CFA.
According to the company, these new Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters can be deployed as either host initiators or storage targets to deliver superior latency; maximized I/O performance and bandwidth; and unmatched reliability - all which are critical for enabling the full power of virtualization, private cloud and emerging flash cache solutions in servers, arrays, and appliances.
"Our new quad-port Gen 5 FC HBA is the only HBA in the market that provides up to 2.4 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) and four ports of full Gen 5 FC (16GFC) performance on a single HBA, driving mission critical virtualization, database, and storage target workloads. Our new quad-port low profile Gen 5 8GFC HBA uniquely delivers the PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 performance needed for virtualization and cloud workloads on mainstream 8GFC infrastructures, yet is compact enough for dense, 1U servers," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. "In addition, our new dual-port CFA enables data centers, service providers, and specialized appliances to run FC one day and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) the next without disruption. This is critical in multi-tenant environments because it enables adapter standardization for data centers that run both FC and FCoE SANs simultaneously, which streamlines deployment, reduces cost and overhead inventory."
The new Emulex Gen 5 FC HBAs are ideal for deployment with IOPS-hungry flash and cache workloads, enabling data centers to achieve maximum performance and quality of service (QoS) across the network between their caching devices or flash based arrays. New Emulex Gen 5 FC HBAs also enable increased virtual machine (VM) ratios, mission-critical application virtualization, and support larger/faster database applications with the best IOPS and latency performance in the industry today, the company said.
The two new adapters include Emulex LPe16004 Gen 5 FC HBA and Emulex LPe15004 Gen 5 FC HBA. The LPe16004 is the only quad-port Gen 5 FC HBA available in the market. It delivers superior performance with 2.4 million IOPS per HBA, up to 1.2 million IOPS on a single port, and more than twice the IOPS of other 16GFC HBAs, making it ideal for environments that need to maximize FC connectivity, high-availability, and performance, including solid state disks (SSDs) and new multi-core processor servers. The Emulex LPe15004 quad-port low-profile Gen 5 HBA is the fastest 8GFC HBA in the industry, delivering up to 1.2 million IOPS on a single port, which is 6x more IOPS than competing 8GFC HBAs2. In addition, the LPe15004 is the only 8GFC HBA that supports PCIe 3.0 and T10 Protection Information (PI) with high-performance offload acceleration. With lightning fast latency and better IOPS performance than other 8GFC HBAs, it is ideal for the toughest virtualized, cloud and mission-critical workloads, the company reported.
The new LPe16202 dual-port Gen 5 FC CFA is capable of Gen 5 Fibre Channel (16Gb/8Gb Fibre Channel) or 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) personalities for virtualized data centers and private clouds, providing unparalleled flexibility to run multiple protocols and speeds with a simple optics change. The ability to change fabric personalities is seamless via plug-and-play auto-detection of SFP+ optical transceivers without software configuration changes. Depending on which optical transceiver is installed, the CFA will intelligently know to run in FC or FCoE mode. In an Ethernet environment, the LPe16202 CFA provides full Ethernet connectivity concurrently with FCoE and also supports direct attach copper (DAC) for 10GbE connectivity, the company added.
For OEMs, system integrators, and appliance vendors, this CFA enables one adapter to be qualified, inventoried and configured at the time of shipment as either a Gen 5 FC HBA running at 8GFC or 16GFC, or 10GbE FCoE adapter based on the optics plugged into the adapter. For enterprise data centers and service providers using FC today, this new CFA makes it easy to migrate to FCoE without having to rip and replace adapters and drivers. Data centers running both FC and FCoE storage systems will benefit from standardizing on one adapter, simplifying their qualification process and streamlining spares inventory, the company concluded.
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