Emulex Blog: Dell Direct Talk

First is Best – and it feels GREAT!

Posted July 30th, 2012 by Kerstin Ackerman

Today, Emulex and Dell announced immediate availability of the Emulex LightPulse® LPe16000 single-port and LPe16002 dual-port Host Bus Adapters (HBAs). And guess what…we are the first, yes, the FIRST to deliver 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) connectivity for Dell PowerEdge customers and you know what? It feels great!

But don’t just take my word for it. Check out this video endorsement from Rahul Deshmukh, senior technical manager, Dell Server Product Group. ESG Labs also did a really nice write up on Emulex 16GFC and it’s worth the read.

You may be wondering really … what are you talking about and does it really matter. Well of course it matters and here’s why IT professionals are demanding Dell 16GFC adapters:

  • Support for faster databases, bigger clouds and solid state disks (SSDs): The Dell 16GFC adapters feature industry leading performance with more than five times the IOPS and twice the data throughput of 8GFC adapters (Based on Emulex Labs benchmark testing). They provide faster response times for high transaction databases, greater virtual machine (VM) density required for cloud deployments and deliver the performance needed to match ultra-fast SSDs.
  • Increasing VM Densities: Dell 16GFC adapters leverage Emulex vScale™ for superior scalability, supporting up to 255 virtual functions (VFs), 1024 Message Signal Interrupts Extended (MSI-X) and 8192 concurrent logins and open exchanges, up to four times the number supported by competing 16GFC HBAs, enabling support for more VMs per server than ever before.
  • Simplified and Time-Saving I/O Management: With a single driver model, the Dell 16GFC adapters can be controlled, configured and managed from a single console using Emulex OneCommand™ Manager. This enables enterprise scalability with time-saving features that provide more than twice the adapter management functionality and take half the time to install and manage compared to other I/O solutions (Based on Emulex Labs benchmark testing). Emulex OneCommand™ Manager plug-in for VMware vCenter™ Server allows users to manage Emulex adapters across hundreds of servers, natively from the VMware vCenter Server console so administrators don’t waste time juggling multiple management applications.
  • Reduced Data Center CAPEX and OPEX: The Dell 16GFC adapters yield consolidation benefits including significant cost savings by enabling a reduction in cards, cables and the number of switch ports required when using a 16GFC fabric. They also deliver associated power savings through better IOPS per watt performance. PCIe slots are also freed-up for other needs.

Dell and Emulex sales teams gathered together to celebrate the FIRST 16GFC adapter for Dell end-to-end solutions like virtualization, cloud, solid state disks and key workloads all of which demand superior performance, and exceptional low-latency. This, combined with Dell PowerEdge servers and storage fulfill the requirements for a balanced architecture and enable customers with the power to do more.

Laissez les bons temps rouler … Let the good times roll!!

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