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Emulex Announces IBM BladeCenter Virtual Fabric Design Win For Flexible 10Gb/s Ethernet Network Connectivity

Virtual Fabric Adapter based on Emulex OneConnect UCNA architecture Delivers new levels of scalability

COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced that it is providing a Virtual Fabric Adapter based on its OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) architecture for flexible Ethernet network connectivity in IBM BladeCenter HS22 blade servers. This marks Emulex's first announced 10Gb/s Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) design win based on its industry-leading OneConnect UCNA technology. This solution will be demonstrated along with BLADE Network Technologies' convergence-ready BNT 10-port 10G Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter at IBM's booth, #1624 during VMworld in San Francisco, Calif., August 31-September 3, 2009.

The Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter CFFh for IBM BladeCenter provides the fastest and most flexible blade server Ethernet connections in the industry, offering two physical 10Gb/s Ethernet ports, supporting 1Gb/s or 10Gb/s that can be configured into up to eight virtual ports with bandwidth allocation in 100Mb/s increments. License upgrades can further enhance adapter functionality with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), delivering a future proof connectivity solution for IBM BladeCenter that enables multiple virtual NIC and FCoE ports on the same adapter.

"IBM BladeCenter HS22 blades deliver industry-leading performance and flexibility," said Alex Yost, vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "By leveraging the Virtual Fabric solution developed in partnership with Emulex and BNT, IBM offers clients a scalable, highest-performance server solution available for bandwidth intensive and virtualized data center infrastructures."

Based on Emulex's OneConnect UCNA technology, the Virtual Fabric Adapter CFFh for IBM BladeCenter offers the fastest 10Gb/s Ethernet performance in the industry. Clients also have the flexibility to utilize the Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter in 1Gb/s infrastructures until they are ready to upgrade, or utilize the flexibility of the virtual capabilities.

"In February 2009, we shared our vision for Ethernet driven network convergence with the introduction of Emulex's OneConnect UCNA technology and this announcement with IBM is the first instantiation of that strategy," said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development, Emulex. "Emulex and IBM are committed to delivering 10Gb/s Ethernet and virtual I/O solutions that help IT managers lower operating costs and scale operations through the performance and economic benefits of converged networks."

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