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November 24, 2009

Emulex, Blade deliver networking components for IBM BladeCenter Virtual Fabric

To provide converged networking in virtualised blade server environments

By CBR Staff Writer

Emulex and Blade Network Technologies said that they are delivering the essential networking components for IBM BladeCenter Virtual Fabric. Blade’s BNT Virtual Fabric 10G Switch Module combined with Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter CFFh for IBM BladeCenter provide converged networking offering for IBM BladeCenter H and HS22 blade servers.

Alex Yost, vice president of systems & technology group at IBM, said: “Virtual Fabric for IBM BladeCenter, developed in partnership with Emulex and Blade Network Technologies, allows customers to significantly reduce the number of adapters, switches and cabling by offering up to eight virtual adapters with the flexibility to work at any bandwidth from 100Mb to 10Gb.”

The companies said that the Virtual Fabric for IBM BladeCenter provides ethernet connectivity, virtual port switching and support for future converged networking with iSCSI or FCoE. The Emulex-Blade offering provides a virtual fabric for IBM BladeCenter supporting 1Gb/s or 10Gb/s that can be configured into up to eight virtual ports with bandwidth allocation in 100Mb/s increments.

Blade’s switch-resident and hypervisor-agnostic SmartConnect with VMready software is expected to enable network policies to move along with virtual machines to maintain application performance, availability and security.

According to Emulex, the Virtual Fabric Adapter CFFh for IBM BladeCenter provides blade server ethernet connections with two physical 10Gb/s ethernet ports that can be configured into up to eight virtual ports with bandwidth allocations in 100Mb/s increments. The Virtual Fabric Adapters are field upgradable to iSCSI or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

Blade network’s 10Gb ethernet switches support iSCSI and can be upgraded with new firmware to support FCoE, allowing a converged networking infrastructure to support diverse application requirements within the data centre.

Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development at Emulex, said: “Emulex and Blade Network Technologies are working with IBM to bring industry-leading 10Gb/s Ethernet and virtual I/O solutions to the market that help IT managers reduce costs and scale their operations through the performance and consolidation benefits of network convergence.”

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