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Emulex Provides SAN Connectivity for New IBM Blade Servers

Emulex 8Gb/s Fibre Channel expansion card provides increased scalability and higher performance for next-generation IBM data centers.

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 26, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emulex Corporation today announced that its LightPulse(r) 8Gb/s Fibre Channel CIOv Expansion Card is optimized for use with IBM's new BladeCenter HS22 Blades. Using the Emulex LPe1205-CIOv (IBM part number 46M6140), IBM can offer blade server users dramatically increased dual-channel I/O throughput and CPU efficiency, translating into increased performance and reduced power consumption.

"Blade server popularity is a -- if not the -- key factor driving data center evolution, and Emulex is at the forefront, providing connectivity solutions that support these next-generation IT environments," said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development, Emulex. "By leveraging our 8Gb/s Fibre Channel adapter technology for its new HS22 Blade, IBM can provide customers with higher bandwidth, throughput and scalability needed to effectively and efficiently manage their blade server environments."

Emulex 8Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs feature enterprise scalability and flexibility through support for Message-Signaled Interrupts eXtended (MSI-X), offering end users greater CPU efficiency, reduced system latency and improved I/O throughput -- all of which contribute to increased blade server performance and reduced power consumption in the HS22 Blade. Additional key features and benefits of leveraging Emulex technology for IBM's new BladeCenter solutions include:

* The Emulex LPe1205-CIOv utilizes the CIOv slot on HS22 -- the preferred slot for optimal scalability and performance in storage area network (SAN) infrastructures -- and does not require the added cost and complexity of a Multi-Switch Interconnect Module (MSIM) for IBM BladeCenter.

* The expansion card is also optimized for use with the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, which is installed on all IBM HS22 Blades. To maximize I/O bandwidth, data center servers based on the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series can leverage the Emulex LPe12000 family of 8Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs to achieve the highest dual-channel I/O throughput and CPU efficiency, translating into increased performance and reduced power consumption.

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