Emulex Announces OneConnect -- The Industry's First Universal Converged Network Adapter Platform

Emulex OneConnect Provides True 10Gb/s Ethernet Network Convergence, Lowers Capital Expenditures, Maximizes Blade Consolidation and is Designed for Virtualization

Costa Mesa, California, UNITED STATES

COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 19, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced Emulex OneConnect(tm), a groundbreaking single-chip, high performance connectivity architecture, which is the foundation for Emulex's Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) that enable true network convergence. The Emulex OneConnect 10Gb/s Ethernet UCNA platform is designed to lower capital expenditures, maximize blade consolidation and is designed for use in server virtualization environments.

The Emulex OneConnect UCNA platform supports Enhanced Ethernet protocols that support IP and storage networking, including TCP/IP, iSCSI, NAS and FCoE, and all leading server architectures within a single hardware platform, enabling data center managers to meet the performance and architecture requirements of networking, storage and clustering applications. Consolidation onto a converged infrastructure simplifies deployment and significantly lowers cost in three ways. Based on Emulex's Convergonomics(tm) Cost Calculator, Emulex One Connect UCNAs can provide up to:

  • 28% savings on switches, adapters and rack space;
  • 42% savings on power and cooling; and
  • 80% savings on cabling

"As businesses seek operational efficiencies, business responsiveness and strategic advantage to compete in global markets, maximizing data center operations is a key stratagem. Network convergence is a pivotal technology for reducing data center costs, complexity and resources," said Steve Daheb, chief market officer and senior vice president of business development, Emulex Corporation. "Emulex's OneConnect UCNA is an integral part of the network convergence ecosystem that reduces CapEx and OpEx, by enabling increased data center consolidation, virtualization and operational efficiency."

Emulex OneConnect UCNAs, powered by Emulex's VEngine(tm) technology, deliver the industry's highest CPU offload efficiency, virtual adapter port count, and quality of service (QoS) bandwidth allocation, enabling greater virtual machine (VM) consolidation with more VMs per CPU, resulting in exceptional savings on both capital and operating expenses. Emulex OneConnect UCNAs deliver wire speed performance in full-duplex mode of operation, regardless of the mix of protocol traffic.

Emulex OneConnect UCNAs are administered using the company's newly announced OneCommand(tm) management framework, which enables centralized enterprise management for I/O services, connectivity, virtualization, security and QoS within a single management interface that is optimized for converged networking environments. OneConnect UCNAs offer investment protection for existing Emulex LightPulse(r) Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) CNAs, leveraging Emulex's field-proven software stack, drivers and management tools, enabling data center managers to extending their existing investments in infrastructure, management, training and processes.

Supporting Quotes:

"Emulex is taking a forward-thinking approach to network convergence at a time when cost savings and reduction of complexity in the data center are at a premium," said Vikram Mehta, President and CEO of BLADE Network Technologies. "Emulex's OneConnect Universal CNAs support all standard network protocols and all server architectures and enable high-density consolidation of virtual machines, which makes for an ideal fit with BLADE's bladed and top-of-rack 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches. We are delighted to partner with Emulex to enable the dynamic data center and open the way to true network convergence."

"Juniper has a long-term strategy for delivering a simplified data center that allows businesses to scale the network quickly and cost-effectively, without compromise," said Andy Ingam, vice president of product marketing, Emerging Technologies, Juniper Networks. "What Emulex is offering is a significant step toward delivering improved data center consolidation, convergence, virtualization and security for our mutual customers."

Tags/keywords: network convergence, CNA, FCoE, Ethernet, iSCSI, NAS, IP, blade, virtualization, consolidation

Hear Emulex executives discuss today's news as part of the company's larger strategic direction: http://www.emulex.com/files/video/nyse/full.html

Learn more about Emulex's OneConnect UCNA platform technology: http://www.emulex.com/products/strategic-directions.html

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About Emulex

Emulex is the leader in converged networking solutions for the data center. Our Connectivity Continuum architecture provides intelligent networking services that transition today's infrastructure into tomorrow's unified network ecosystem. Emulex provides a single framework that intelligently connects every server, network and storage device within the data center. Through strategic collaboration and integrated partner solutions, Emulex provides its customers with industry leading business value, operational flexibility and strategic advantage. Emulex is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ELX) and has corporate headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. News releases and other information about Emulex Corporation are available at http://www.emulex.com.

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