Emulex Intros Virtual HBA

Emulex announces LightPulse virtual HBA technology for VMware infrastructure

October 8, 2007

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Emulex Corporation(NYSE:ELX) today announced that its LightPulse(r) Virtual Host BusAdapter (HBA) technology, with industry-standard N-Port IDVirtualization (NPIV) support, is integrated into the latest release ofVMware Infrastructure, announced today. Industry-standard NPIV enablesend users to leverage the benefits of combining server virtualizationwith traditional storage area network (SAN) best practices in theirdata centers. This represents a first major innovation delivered fromVMware's Community Source program, and reflects Emulex's collaborationwith VMware on this technology.

Emulex's LightPulse Virtual HBA technology, composed of Emulex 4Gb/sFibre Channel HBAs and NPIV driver technology, enables customers toeffectively 'virtualize' SAN connections so that each virtual machinehas independent access to its own protected storage. In addition,Emulex LightPulse Virtual HBA technology enables storage and SAN fabricadministrators to manage connections from virtualized machines in thesame way, and with the same tools, as traditional physicalhardware-based servers. The end result is greater storage security,enhanced management and migration of virtual machines and the abilityto implement SAN best practices such as LUN-masking and zoning forindividual virtual machines.

"Today's announcement reflects Emulex's strong relationship withVMware, as well as the depth of joint technology development andinteroperability testing between the two companies," said Mike Smith,executive vice president of worldwide marketing, Emulex Corporation."Server virtualization is driving a significant portion of the SANmarket, and our LightPulse Virtual HBA technology is a testament toEmulex's vision for an innovative, complete solution that enables thenext generation of enterprise data centers."

Emulex Corp.

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