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Emulex Connects Sun Blades

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX - News) today announced the new 4Gb/s Fibre Channel (FC) 20-port Network Express Module (NEM) and 2-port ExpressModule(tm) (EM) host bus adapter for Sun's record-setting, high performance Sun Blade(tm) 8000 Modular System. These new Emulex modular SAN connectivity solutions provide 4Gb/s Fibre Channel host bus adapter functionality for the entire blade chassis, external to the individual blade server.

The Emulex NEM and EM enable a high degree of flexibility, scalability and serviceability. The Emulex NEM and EM are external to each blade server, which reduces the impact of thermal and power requirements on the blade server. Additionally, new Fibre Channel ports can be installed, reconfigured and removed with zero downtime, allowing for enhanced flexibility, scalability and serviceability.

"Sun's unique approach to modular I/O implemented with the Emulex Network Express Module represents a space-efficient approach to providing high-density, hot-pluggable SAN expandability, which is critical for large-scale environments," said Mike McNerney, director of blade product line management, Sun Microsystems. "As the only blade architecture with industry-standard I/O and 100 percent hot-pluggable I/O, the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System, in conjunction with the Emulex NEM and EM, not only provides customers with record-setting blade performance, but offers up to 20 times the I/O throughput of competing solutions -- allowing our customers to run their most demanding applications on a modular server form factor."

Emulex Corp.