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Emulex works with HP to deliver SAN connectivity for HP BladeSystem.

Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) has announced technology developed with HP to enable deployment of an Emulex-based storage networking connectivity solution helping customers improve performance, achieve cost efficiencies and simplify their storage architecture. The companies have entered into an OEM agreement to deliver an Emulex-based Fibre Channel Mezzanine card for HP BladeSystem server technology, and will continue collaborating via the HP BladeSystem Solution Builder program. The Emulex-based Fibre Channel Mezzanine card for HP BladeSystem is available immediately and can be used within Linux and Windows operating environments. The HP BladeSystem Solution Builder program is designed to develop solutions to simplify and accelerate the deployment of blade infrastructures for customers.

"With a flexible architecture that ensures investment protection and seamless migration paths, the Emulex SAN connectivity solution for HP BladeSystem ensures end users may continue to leverage the Emulex-based technologies they have standardized on for reliable and flexible SAN connectivity," said Mike Smith, executive vice president of worldwide marketing, Emulex Corp. "Customers deploying HP BladeSystem may also leverage the unique time- and cost-saving HBA management tools they have come to depend on from Emulex for simplified installation and the ability to upgrade all the HBAs in the SAN from a single console."

"By delivering this powerful solution with Emulex, HP is continuing to enable more choice and enhanced capability for BladeSystem customers," said Rick Becker, vice president and general manager, BladeSystem, HP. "Customers can benefit from seamless connectivity to the SAN infrastructure solutions they have come to rely on for high performance, enhanced management and flexibility. HP BladeSystem offers customers a complete, unified storage and server blade solution that enhances the management and flexibility of their IT infrastructures."

Today, the majority of server blades are being deployed within enterprise environments. According to IDC, nearly one third of those server blade deployments are attached to Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), providing incremental market opportunities for Emulex-based SAN connectivity solutions. With the industry's largest installed base of HBAs and full compatibility with Linux and Windows environments, Emulex is meeting the strong end user demand for SAN connectivity technologies designed for HP BladeSystem.

The Emulex-based Fibre Channel Mezzanine card for HP BladeSystem is based on Emulex's 6th generation 2Gb/s Thor I/O controller. Leveraging the same highly flexible, firmware-upgradeable Emulex HBA architecture that HP has used for years helps ensure that customers experience a seamless migration path for integration of the Emulex-based Fibre Channel Mezzanine card into HP BladeSystem for SAN connectivity. The Emulex SAN connectivity solution is available now for use with the HP ProLiant BL p-Class portfolio of server blades.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
Date:Aug 29, 2005
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