New workloads and the way our customers are using infrastructure has shifted, again. Even the way network traffic is moving around the data center is changing, and because of that, the way we architect solutions must change in order to fully realize and leverage the return on investment (ROI) for the latest IBM System x3850/x3950 X6 servers, storage and network data center building blocks…
Emulex did something very special this quarter, as we announced our new OneConnect® OCe14000 family of 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet (10/40GbE) Network Adapters and Converged Network Adapters (CNAs), based on the next generation Emulex Engine™ (XE) 100 series of I/O controllers. We have been working hard on the industry’s latest trends and directions and working out which ones will stick with us over the next few years and how that will affect the way our technology will be used by IBM and our end customers. Emulex wanted the truth…and could handle the truth (sorry, I had to get that in!) and have a product that is so good, it will change the way our customers architect their solutions for enterprise workloads, web-scale applications, virtualized environments and software-defined networking (SDN) deployments. The new Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (VFA) 5 for IBM System x has 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.
Emulex VFA technology has been reducing cost, complexity and increasing performance since 2009, and the newly announced Emulex VFA5 for IBM System x builds upon this success and adds features and functionality that gives our competition a ‘CODE RED’ (Okay, last movie pun, honest!) and will change the game all over again, just as Emulex did in 2009.
The Emulex VFA5 for IBM System x is optimized to meet the needs of enterprises, cloud providers and telcos, while delivering a powerful set of features and capabilities that include:
High-Performance Virtualization: The Emulex VFA5 uses highly efficient and scalable hardware offload technology to transfer the overhead of virtual networking, which provides up to 50 percent better CPU utilization compared to standard NICs when used for VMware VirtualWire connection, thereby increasing the number of virtual machines (VMs) supported per server1. In addition, the VFA5 delivers a fundamental 4x performance increase in small packet network performance required to scale transaction-heavy and clustered applications.
Rapid, Secure and Scalable Hybrid Cloud Connectivity: Emulex Virtual Network Exceleration™ (VNeX) offload technology provides up to 70 percent better performance vs. software-only implementations of emerging Virtual Network Fabric standards such as Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE) used by Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) used in VMware’s NSX to overcome the limitations of legacy data center networks by enabling flexible virtual workload mobility reducing deployment of VMs or network reconfiguration from days to minutes. When combined with Microsoft Dynamic VMQ or VMware NetQueue, the Emulex VFA5 provides the industry’s best platform for increasing VM density.
Application Delivery with Advanced RoCE Architecture (Coming 2H2014): The Emulex VFA5 is based on a low-latency RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) architecture that helps enterprise IT and cloud data centers optimize applications delivery for VDI, big data, next generation NoSQL and in-memory databases, along with traditional enterprise IT workloads. These new adapters will support Windows Server SMB Direct and Linux NFS protocols.
Increased Block Protocol Performance: The Emulex VFA5 increases total block protocol I/O operations per second (IOPS) by 50 percent over previous generation VFAs and builds upon Emulex’s proven history of enterprise-class storage reliability2.
All of these new features and building upon those of previous Emulex VFAs – with IBM Virtual Fabric vNIC and Switch Agnostic vNIC, enterprise hardened Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) drivers for unsurpassed enterprise storage interoperability and a cost-optimized modular LOM (ML)2 form factor for IBM x3850/x3950 X6 – make the Emulex VFA5 the adapter that sets the golden standard for virtualized, converged and cloud environments.
At Emulex, A Few Good Men (and women too) through innovation and the IBM Virtual Fabric Architecture foundation have designed and built an adapter that will continue to deliver benefits to our customers and optimize the way smart architects and technical pre-sales specialists build our their solutions. You wanted the truth? Now you have it.
- Based on Emulex Implementers Lab blog
- Based on Emulex Labs testing