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Fibre Channel host bus adapters for enterprise data storage

Posted: 03 Mar 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom  Fibre Channel  host bus adapter  enterprise data 

Broadcom Ltd has unleashed its line-up of Emulex Gen 6 Fibre Channel host bus adapters to target the demanding enterprise data storage requirements of flash storage arrays, virtualised and cloud data centres.

Data centres are rapidly deploying flash arrays to accelerate storage performance, but have ended up moving the performance bottleneck from the hard drive to the storage network. Gen 6 Fibre Channel alleviates the network bottleneck and enables data centres to get maximum ROI from their flash storage investments. Using industry-standard TPC-H benchmarks, research firm Demartek found that when Emulex Gen 6 HBAs were connected to an all-flash array, data warehousing transactions were completed in one-fourth the time compared to 8GFC (Gen 4) HBAs, and about half the time compared to Gen 5 (16GFC) HBAs, improving business operations and time-to-revenue.

According to the company, the benefits of deploying Emulex Gen 6 HBAs include: faster flash, which can deploy flash arrays together with the massive throughput of Emulex Gen 6 HBAs to avoid network bottlenecks, achieve maximum application performance and maximise ROI on Flash investments; better virtualisation, which can maximise virtual machine density and more easily manage virtual environments; and lossless, reliable storage networking with enhanced diagnostics & troubleshooting features.

The Emulex LPe32000-series is available in single and dual-port models with 32GFC optics. The Emulex LPe31000-series is 32Gb-ready. It is available in single-port and dual-port models with 16GFC optics. Optics can be upgraded to 32Gb, enabling data centres to scale-up when needed. A quad-port, low-profile Gen 6 16GFC HBA is also being announced. Single and dual-port models are available this month, with the quad-port becoming available next quarter.

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