Emulex announces I/O connectivity support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
Oct 17, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Emulex Corporation, a provider of network convergence solutions, has announced that its I/O connectivity solutions, including its LightPulse Gen 5 Fibre Channel 16GFC Host Bus Adapters, or HBAs, and 10Gb Ethernet, or 10GbE, based solutions provided by Emulex, support the release of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Server 2012 R2.
In addition, forthcoming Emulex Virtual Network eXceleration (VNeX) virtual network offload technology will support Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization, enabling flexible workload mobility inside the data center and public or hybrid cloud, reducing network reconfiguration from days to minutes.
"With broad I/O connectivity support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 users, combined with our next generation network virtualization capabilities, we provide a high performance, highly scalable solution for customers that enables the highest I/O operations per second (IOPS), low latency and improved network throughput," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex.
"In collaboration with Microsoft and other ecosystem partners, we're bringing forth a new generation of software defined networking (SDN) solutions that reduce the limitations of legacy data center networks, enable virtual machine (VM) mobility and reduce complexity."
Forthcoming Emulex VNeX technology simplifies network scaling by enabling IT managers to adapt or provision the network as VMs start up, shut down, or move, based on the VM's specific workload requirement, thereby shifting available resources for other workloads on the logical network. Emulex VNeX virtual network offload technology further accelerates Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization by offloading Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE), allowing environments to more efficiently scale to meet the needs of customers while improving network throughput and reducing CPU overhead.
In addition, Emulex I/O technology and management addresses the following virtualized data center needs. Emulex LightPulse Gen 5 in-box driver support for Windows Server 2012 R2 increases the ability of virtualized platforms to scale cloud and virtual machine (VM) density to reduce costs, delivering more than 1.2 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) on a single port, the highest level of Fibre Channel adapter performance available today, which is needed for the pervasive deployment of virtualization and data center and public cloud infrastructures.
Emulex inbox 16GFC driver support, combined with Emulex LightPulse Virtual HBA technology allows cloud and virtual workloads to efficiently scale by dedicating logical resources to guest applications over a shared physical I/O and storage infrastructure.
Emulex Gen 5 FC adapters feature industry-leading performance with significantly increased IOPS and twice the data throughput of 8GFC adapters for highly virtualized data centers; greater VM density required for shared data center and public cloud deployments; and the performance needed to match current and new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 servers with optimized handling of very large multi-core configurations.
With a single driver model, the Emulex Gen 5 FC adapters can be controlled, configured and managed from a single console using Emulex OneCommand Manager, enabling increased enterprise scalability with time-saving features that provide more than twice the adapter management functionality and take half the time to install and manage compared to other I/O solutions.
For customers taking advantage of 8GFC or 10GbE connectivity within Windows Server 2012 R2, upgrading is simple, with full backward compatibility, a common driver stack and management tools across multiple generations of I/O connectivity products.
"Windows Server 2012 R2 delivers groundbreaking innovations for evolving virtualized and shared global-scale cloud environments, offering a proven, enterprise-class virtualization and cloud platform that can scale to continuously run customers' largest workloads and support increased virtual machine (VM) densities," said Rajeev Nagar, Group Program Manager, Windows, Microsoft. "Emulex adds high performance connectivity solutions for Windows Server 2012 R2 that further the transition to software-defined networking, with forthcoming VNeX virtual network offload technology, which enhances performance with improved network throughput and reduced CPU utilization."
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