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HBAs tip PCIe3 for Xeon E5 server platforms

Posted: 04 Oct 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:host bus adapters  HBA  fibre channel 

Emulex Corp. rolls the LightPulse 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) product line. The LPe16000B adapters are said to be the only ones available on the market that offer PCIe 3.0 support for server platforms based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 products.

The HBAs deliver over 1.2 million IOPS on a single port, six times more the IOPS, four times the power efficiency and over twice the data throughput, of 8GFC HBAs. This enables improved asset utilisation and the associated capital and operational expenditure savings. They provide the fastest Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity available for virtualized servers, SSDs, growing databases and next generation servers to FC storage area networks.

Support for PCIe 3.0 provides a faster I/O bus, more PCIe lanes and increased I/O bandwidth, enabling the LPe16000B HBAs to support the performance capabilities of server platforms based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family. At the same time, it is backwards compatible with PCIe 2.0 and 4 and 8GFC infrastructures.

For data protection, the HBAs include company's BlockGuard technology that supports the T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) standard, providing enhanced data protection against silent data corruption. They also feature high performance, hardware offload of data integrity checks, eliminating the 30 per cent performance penalty of software-enabled T10 PI.

The HBAs can be controlled with a single driver model, and configured and managed from a single console using Emulex OneCommand Manager, enabling enterprise scalability with time-saving features that provide more than twice the adapter management functionality and take half the time to install and manage compared to other I/O solutions.

The Emulex LPe16000B single and LPe16002B dual-port 16GFC HBAs will be available in 4Q 12.

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