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Emulex Gen 5 FC Technology Available For EMC VMAX Storage Arrays for End-to-End 16Gb Fibre Channel Solution

Emulex Provides High Performance Connectivity and Data Integrity Protection for Enterprise Storage Customers

COSTA MESA, Calif, 21 October 2013 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced that its Emulex Engine™ (XE)201 I/O Controller provides best-of-breed Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity on the target side for the EMC® VMAX® enterprise storage arrays, enabling true end-to-end 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) from server, to switch, to storage. EMC VMAX 10K and 40K storage arrays also provide data integrity protection with support for the T10 Protection Information standard (T10 PI). When combined with Emulex Gen 5 FC (8GFC and 16GFC) HBAs with T10 PI and supported operating systems (OSs), customers can benefit from end-to-end protection against costly and time consuming silent data corruption.

"EMC and Emulex are delivering a true 16GFC end-to-end infrastructure that addresses the new demands of the data centre for flash, I/O caching, server virtualisation and big data," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. "As Gen 5 FC adoption continues to ramp, Emulex connectivity solutions on both the host and target side will provide next-generation management, application optimisation, virtualisation and scalability, providing more than just a speed bump in performance."

EMC VMAX 10K and 40K storage arrays, when paired with Emulex Gen 5 FC technology, provide an end-to-end 16GFC enterprise storage solution delivering the necessary performance, availability, and intelligence for virtualised data centres. Emulex Gen 5 FC technology, when leveraged in target mode, enables the highest level[1] of performance available today for storage connectivity.

"The EMC VMAX storage arrays extend our lead in tier-1 storage," said, Isabelle Guis, Vice President Marketing, Enterprise Storage Division, EMC Corporation. "Emulex Gen 5 FC technology complements our mission-critical offering for many customers in the EMC Select program with needs for reliability data integrity, high performance, and ease of use, thanks to seamless compatibility and upgrades."

Emulex LightPulse® Gen 5 FC Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) are based on the Emulex XE201 I/O Controller, and supports a range of features for both server initiator and storage target modes:

  • Extreme performance: Emulex Gen 5 FC technology is the industry's fastest, with more than 1.2 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) on a single port[1], which is seven times faster than current HBAs being offered by Emulex's nearest competitor[2]. Emulex field-proven Gen 5 FC technology is ideal for EMC customers that are building next generation data centres designed for speed and agility.
  • Advanced data protection with high performance offload: Emulex Gen 5 FC technology supports the T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) standard, providing enhanced data protection against silent data corruption as data traverses the system from the OS all the way to the disk array. Emulex's newest Gen 5 FC technology also includes high performance, hardware offload of data integrity checks, eliminating the 30 per cent performance penalty of software-enabled T10 PI[3].
  • Rock-solid reliability: Emulex Gen 5 FC technology is highly reliable, with more than 10 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF)[4] on the LightPulse family of HBAs with features fewer moving parts than other Gen 5 HBAs[2].

Emulex LightPulse Gen 5 FC HBAs support a broad portfolio of EMC storage arrays and are qualified for use through the EMC Select program. Emulex second-generation LightPulse LPe16000B Gen 5 HBAs are also available for use with EMC storage arrays through the EMC Select program. Emulex Gen 5 FC HBAs are ideal for I/O intensive applications such as flash caching, high-density virtualisation environments and databases. When used with EMC XtremSW™ Cache intelligent server flash caching software, Emulex Gen 5 FC HBAs provide a high-performance solution, reducing overall latency and increasing storage area network (SAN) performance.

[1] Demartek Emulex LPe16000B 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Evaluation, October 2012
[2] Demartek Emulex LPe16000B 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Feature Comparison, December 2012
[3] Based on Emulex Labs benchmark testing
[4] Emulex 16GFC HBAs data sheet

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About Emulex
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 unrivalled end-to-end application visibility, optimisation 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 centres of nearly all of the Fortune 1000. Emulex's monitoring and management solutions, including its portfolio of network visibility and recording products, provide organisations 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

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Such potential risks include continuing expenses of litigation, loss of patent rights, monetary damages, injunctions against the sale of products incorporating the technology in question, counterclaims, attorneys' fees, incremental costs associated with product or component redesigns, liabilities to customers under reimbursement agreements or contractual indemnification provisions, and diversion of management's attention from other business matters. With respect to the continuing Broadcom litigation, such potential risks also include the adequacy of any sunset period to make design changes, the ability to implement any design changes, the availability of customer resources to complete any re-qualification or re-testing that may be needed, the ability to maintain favorable working relationships with Emulex suppliers of serializer/deserializer (SerDes) modules, and the ability to obtain a settlement which does not put us at a competitive disadvantage. 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Other factors affecting these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to the following: faster than anticipated declines in the storage networking market, slower than expected growth of the converged networking market or the failure of our Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers to successfully incorporate our products into their systems; our dependence on a limited number of customers and the effects of the loss of, decrease in or delays of orders by any such customers, or the failure of such customers to make timely payments; the emergence of new or stronger competitors as a result of consolidation movements in the market; the timing and market acceptance of our products or our OEM customers' new or enhanced products; costs associated with entry into new areas of the network, server and storage technology markets; the variability in the level of our backlog and the variable and seasonal procurement patterns of our customers; any inadequacy of our intellectual property protection and the costs of actual or potential third-party claims of infringement and any related indemnity obligations or adverse judgments; the effect of any actual or potential unsolicited offers to acquire us; proxy contests or the activities of activist investors; impairment charges, including but not limited to goodwill and intangible assets; changes in tax rates or legislation; the effects of acquisitions; the effects of terrorist activities, natural disasters, and any resulting disruption in our supply chain or customer purchasing patterns or any other resulting economic or political instability; the highly competitive nature of the markets for our products as well as pricing pressures that may result from such competitive conditions; the effects of changes in our business model to separately charge for software; the effect of rapid migration of customers towards newer, lower cost product platforms; transitions from board or box level to application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solutions for selected applications; a shift in unit product mix from higher-end to lower-end or mezzanine card products; a faster than anticipated decrease in the average unit selling prices or an increase in the manufactured cost of our products; delays in product development; our reliance on third-party suppliers and subcontractors for components and assembly; our ability to attract and retain key technical personnel; our ability to benefit from our research and development activities; our dependence on international sales and internationally produced products; changes in accounting standards; and any resulting regulatory changes on our business. 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