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Emulex Ethernet and Gen 5 Fibre Channel Connectivity Integrated into Next Generation Lenovo ThinkServer® Family

Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced it is delivering a broad range of I/O connectivity solutions for the next generation Lenovo ThinkServer family, based on the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product families, designed to support next generation database, compute and virtualization workloads and to meet the robust interoperability and reliability requirements of enterprise and scale-out data centers. Emulex is delivering AnyFabric™ LPm15004 8Gb Fibre Channel (8GFC) and LPm16002 16GFC adapters, as well as OCm14000 10GbE Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) with hardware offload support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), iSCSI and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), enabling flexible, high performance, high density I/O for the next generation Lenovo ThinkServer family. Additionally, the Emulex OneConnect® OCe14000 10GbE and 40GbE CNAs and LightPulse® Gen 5 (16Gb) LPe16000 FC Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) are qualified and available as ThinkServer adapter options.

“The new integrated OCm14000 CNAs and LPm15004/LPm16002 FC AnyFabric adapters not only free up server space and reduce cabling and infrastructure requirements, but provide hardware offloads for FCoE, iSCSI and RoCE, further improving server utilization and compute density,” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing, Emulex. “The performance, scalability and management features of the ThinkServer I/O connectivity portfolio provided by Emulex align with the core target applications – data center, research, cloud computing and virtualization, and the core target workloads – compute-intensive, Hadoop, databases, enterprise virtualization and big data analytics – of the next generation ThinkServer family, providing customers with the fastest I/O for their next generation data center infrastructures.”

“The next generation ThinkServer family addresses today’s data center architectures and business-critical workloads with enterprise-class, industry-standard solutions that provide the ideal balance of performance and features, flexibility and integration with our enterprise product offerings,” said Darrel Ward, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Product Group, Lenovo. “The Emulex connectivity portfolio for the next generation ThinkServer family, including the new AnyFabric adapters, frees up server space, offers flexible workload connectivity options and accelerates application performance.”

New Emulex I/O connectivity solutions align with the following key benefits of the next generation Lenovo ThinkServer family:

  • Accelerated Application Performance: Lenovo ThinkServer CNAs support RoCE, which accelerates applications such as Microsoft SQL Server when using Windows Server SMB Direct, delivering application and storage acceleration through faster I/O operations. The Lenovo ThinkServer Gen 5 FC HBAs also improve application performance with up to 1.2 million I/O operations per second (IOPS)1, which is 20 percent more than other Gen 5 FC HBAs, and up to 3x faster for Oracle databases and 2x faster for Microsoft SQL Server deployments.
  • Improved Virtualization Agility and Cloud Scale Networking: Lenovo ThinkServer CNAs include Emulex Virtual Network Exceleration™ (VNeX) technology which offloads the header encapsulation process of next generation overlay network protocols, simplifying virtual machine (VM) mobility and network scalability, while optimizing server performance when compared to adapters without offload capabilities. Emulex VNeX technology allows customers to maintain CPU utilization thresholds and reduce CPU usage fluctuations, while adding more workloads to each server in virtual networking environments.
  • Increased Workload Scalability: Lenovo ThinkServer CNAs deliver up to a 4x boost in small packet network performance2, vs. previous generation adapters, which is critical to scale transaction-heavy and clustered applications and workloads such as telco, Web-scale and messaging.
  • Flexible Workload Storage Connectivity with FCoE and iSCSI Offloads: The Lenovo ThinkServer CNAs support FCoE offload using the same enterprise-class Emulex drivers that work with Emulex LightPulse FC HBAs. The Lenovo ThinkServer CNAs also support iSCSI offload, providing performance that is superior to iSCSI solutions based on software initiators and standard NICs. Finally the Lenovo ThinkServer CNAs also have the ability to support TCIP/IP and iSCSI or FCoE offloads on the same port (i.e. concurrent storage).
  • Simplified and Flexible System Management: Emulex enables seamless deployment of its AnyFabric adapters by integrating Emulex driver and firmware deployment into the Lenovo ThinkServer Deployment Manager. Additionally, Emulex adapters deliver integrated diagnostics and thermal monitoring for the Lenovo ThinkServer System Management tools ensuring high reliability.

1. Demartek Emulex LPe16000B 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Evaluation, October 2012
2. Based on IT Brand Pulse OCe14000 Performance Test Report, July 2014

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Emulex, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, provides hardware and software solutions for global networks that support enterprise, cloud, government and telecommunications. Emulex’s products enable unrivaled end-to-end application visibility, optimization and acceleration. The Company's I/O connectivity offerings, including its line of ultra high-performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products, have been designed into server and storage solutions from leading OEMs, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, NetApp and Oracle, and can be found in the data centers of nearly all of the Fortune 1000. Emulex’s monitoring and management solutions, including its portfolio of network visibility and recording products, provide organizations with complete network performance management at speeds up to 100Gb Ethernet. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. For more information about Emulex (NYSE:ELX) please visit http://www.Emulex.com.

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