At VMworld this week, we’ve seen significant HP announcements, one of which is new enhancements to its converged networking portfolio promising to optimize network connectivity by converging storage, server, and network resources (Check out Calvin Zito’s blog with a few more details here). HP launched the new HP CN1100E two port Converged Network Adapter (CNA) with support for 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols for HP ProLiant ML/DL server platforms. In addition, the adapter supports HP’s ToR (Top of Rack) FCoE converged network switches. HP CN1100E adapters support full protocol hardware offload for TCPI/IP, FCoE and iSCSI. Protocol offloads provide superior server performance when compared to NICs with software initiators and enable higher virtualization ratios and greater cost savings.
This technology is based on Emulex next-generation OneConnect™ Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) that deliver industry-leading performance that result in 95 percent fewer cables, NICs and switches, 65 percent lower operating cost and 40 percent less power consumption¹, addressing IT’s need for ongoing infrastructure consolidation and cost reduction. These industry-leading solutions are why Emulex was awarded the 2011 HP AllianceONE Partner of the Year award in the Converged Infrastructure Ecosystem – Network category.
If you’re attending the show this week, stop by our booth to learn more. I blogged on what we’re collaborating on with HP at VMworld in my blog last week, found here. We look forward to seeing you there!
¹The Guide to Network Convergence Solutions, pages 26-28