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August 26, 2009

Emulex develops Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM BladeCenter

Based on its OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter architecture

By CBR Staff Writer

Emulex has developed a Virtual Fabric Adapter based on its OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) architecture for flexible 10Gb/s ethernet network connectivity in IBM BladeCenter HS22 blade servers. This reportedly marks Emulex’s first announced 10Gb/s Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) design win based on its OneConnect UCNA technology.

According to Emulex, the Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter CFFh for IBM BladeCenter provides blade server ethernet connections, offering two physical 10Gb/s ethernet ports, supporting 1Gb/s or 10Gb/s that can be configured into up to eight virtual ports with bandwidth allocation in 100Mb/s increments.

Emulex claims that with IBM BladeCenter HS22 blades and Blade Network Technologies convergence-ready BNT 10-port 10G ethernet switch module for IBM BladeCenter, customers can leverage up to eight ethernet NIC and two fiber channel ports when they combine the Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter cFFH with Emulex’s LightPulse 8Gb/s Fibre Channel CIOv Expansion Card, delivering better flexibility and scalability.

Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development at Emulex, said: “In February 2009, we shared our vision for ethernet driven network convergence with the introduction of Emulex’s OneConnect UCNA technology and this announcement with IBM is the first instantiation of that strategy.”

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