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Emulex Supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

COSTA MESA, Calif, October 8, 2013 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced that its I/O connectivity solutions, including its LightPulse® Gen 5 Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and 10Gb Ethernet (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 Virtualisation, enabling flexible workload mobility inside the data centre 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 virtualisation 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 centre 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 Virtualisation by offloading Network Virtualisation 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 virtualised data centre needs:

  • Superior Gen 5 Fibre Channel Connectivity: Emulex LightPulse Gen 5 in-box driver support for Windows Server 2012 R2 increases the ability of virtualised 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,[1] the highest level of Fibre Channel adapter performance available today, which is needed for the pervasive deployment of virtualisation and data centre 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.

  • Support for Highly Virtualised and Shared Cloud Environments: Emulex Gen 5 FC adapters feature industry-leading performance with significantly increased IOPS and twice the data throughput of 8GFC adapters[2] for highly virtualised data centres; greater VM density required for shared data centre and public cloud deployments; and the performance needed to match current and new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 servers with optimised handling of very large multi-core configurations.

  • Time-Saving I/O Management: 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.[2]

  • Backward Compatibility: 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 ground-breaking innovations for evolving virtualised and shared global-scale cloud environments, offering a proven, enterprise-class virtualisation 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 utilisation."

[1] Demartek Emulex LPe16000B 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Evaluation, October 2012
[2] Based on Emulex Labs benchmark testing

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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 http://www.Emulex.com.

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