Emulex Plugs Ethernet into Virtualized and Cloud Environments

Emulex Corporation, a provider of network management products, announced a new line of Ethernet connectivity solutions for virtualized, enterprise and cloud data centers.

“We have purpose-built these adapters on a highly extensible platform that can be optimized for the demands of enterprise, cloud and telco applications,” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development for Emulex. “We are providing a new way to optimize the deployment of new web-scale applications, virtualized environments and software-defined infrastructures, with the ability to scale performance in three dimensions; higher bandwidth, reduced latency and increased I/O operations per second (IOPS), to address the explosive growth of IP traffic and global storage.”

The vendor's OneConnect OCe14000 family of 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet (10/40GbE) Network Adapters and Converged Network Adapters (CNAs), based on its Emulex Engine (XE) 100 series of I/O controllers, enables higher virtual machine  densities, supports secure hybrid clouds with Virtual Network Fabrics, and leverages a new RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) based low latency architecture to deliver application acceleration, and provides an open application performance interface (API) that integrates with next generation software-defined networking (SDN) solutions.

The OCe14000 family of Ethernet Network Adapters is designed to employ more efficient and scalable hardware to offload technology to transfer the overhead of virtual networking which provides up to 50% better CPU utilization1 compared to standard NICs when used for VMware VirtualWire connection, thereby increasing the number of VMs supported per server.

Emulex also said it is also introducing a new SURF open API, providing the tools needed to implement software-defined networking technology that can be optimized for internal cloud solutions such as OpenStack and OpenFlow.

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