Emulex Announces Connect Partner Program for Next Generation Data Center Solutions

Emulex Connect Partner Program Expands Ecosystem Beyond Storage to Drive Collaboration in Network Convergence, Virtualization, Security, Data Integrity, Targets Device Enablement and Vertical Market Solutions

Costa Mesa, California, UNITED STATES

COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 19, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced its new Emulex Connect Partner Program, an ecosystem built on Emulex's industry-leading storage, server, networking and software interoperability, which offers partners the ability to collaborate on technology development, field sales engagement, market expansion and solutions marketing. The Emulex Connect Partner Program brings together over 75 industry leaders and innovators to collaborate on technology supporting a framework of key technology areas that goes well beyond storage, including: network convergence, virtualization, data integrity, security, target device enablement and vertical market solutions.

"Through the Emulex Connect Partner Program, Emulex and its partners can deliver more tightly integrated joint solutions that support key trends in the data center including virtualization, cloud computing, modular IT infrastructure deployments, software as a service and energy efficiency," said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development, Emulex Corporation. "The program is ultimately focused on generating solutions for end user customers that increase solution compatibility, functionality and management integration."

Emulex has one of the broadest storage, server and operating system certification and support in the industry and has established one of the industry's finest interoperability labs, with a vast collection of servers, storage devices, software and test equipment configured with leading operating systems and middleware applications. Emulex products are tested in hundreds of common customer configurations. Emulex and its partners are active in leading industry initiatives that drive standards across the ecosystem to ensure that end users can confidently integrate their open system solutions.

Membership in the Emulex Connect Partner Program goes beyond interoperability testing and includes:

  • Product listing in the Tested and Approved Interoperability Database
  • Opportunities to participate in Emulex sponsored beta test programs
  • Prioritized technical support
  • Limited Emulex product samples
  • Discounts for integrated solution builders
  • API and developer's kits for virtualization, data integrity and encryption
  • Exclusive events such as executive product roadmap collaboration

Serving as the foundation for close collaboration with its ecosystem partners, the Emulex Connect Partner Program is focused on market development for:

  • Solution promotion plans, tools and web sites
  • Driving revenue via field engagement
  • Validating early market proof of concept deployments
  • Development of customer testimonials and case studies

Participation in the Emulex Connect Partner Program is open to all industry leaders and emerging companies looking to build value-based joint solutions for customers.

Partner Quotes:

"As customers look at ways of driving down costs and increasing operational efficiency across their physical and virtual IT assets, Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center deliver the virtualization and comprehensive management solutions they require to do so," said Jim Schwartz, Director of Virtualization Solutions at Microsoft. "We have worked closely with Emulex to deliver integrated solutions for Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager and look forward to our participation in their Connect Partner Program to deliver more value to our mutual customers."

"VMware and Emulex have a long history of collaboration that has resulted in simplified storage networking for our customers," said Shekar Ayyar, vice president, infrastructure alliances, VMware. "Our collaborative work in the areas of Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet technologies helps provide choices for customers as they optimize connectivity for their VMware environments. We look forward to continuing these efforts as part of the Emulex ConneX Partner Program."

Tags/keywords: data center, storage, server, networking, network convergence, virtualization, data integrity, security, API

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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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