October 1st, 2012 by Lyle Smith
Emulex Announces Performance Optimized 16GFC HBAs With PCIe 3.0 Support
Emulex Corporation has announced the availability of its second generation of LightPulse 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs). The LPe16000B series of 16GFC HBAs are the only adapters available on the market that support PCI Express 3.0 in order to comply with the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor-based server platforms. Emulex’s 16GFC HBAs boast an industry-leading 1.2 million IOPS on a single port, six times faster than its competitors, and come equipped with BlockGuard data integrity offload for enhanced data protection.
Some of the key features of the new Emulex LPe16000B series of 16GFC adapters include:
- High Performance: Emulex LPe16000B HBAs deliver over 1.2 million IOPS on a single port; this provides more than six times the IOPS, four times the power efficiency and over twice the data throughput of 8GFC HBAs, enabling improved asset utilization and the associated capital and operational expenditure savings. Emulex LPe16000B HBAs provide the fastest FC connectivity available, making them the ideal choice for connecting to today’s heavily virtualized servers, lightning fast SSDs, growing databases and next generation servers to FC storage area networks.
- PCIe 3.0 Support: The LPe16000B HBAs are the only Fibre Channel adapters on the market that support PCIe 3.0, which provides a faster I/O bus, more PCIe lanes and increased I/O bandwidth. This enables the LPe16000B HBAs to match the performance capabilities of server platforms based on the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor. Additionally, the LPe1600B HBAs are backwards compatible with PCIe 2.0 and 4 and 8GFC infrastructures.
- Exclusive BlockGuard Data Protection: Emulex 16GFC HBAs include exclusive BlockGuard technology, which supports the T10 Protection Information standard, providing enhanced data protection against silent data corruption. The LPe16000B HBAs also include high performance and hardware offload of data integrity checks, eliminating the 30 percent performance penalty of software-enabled T10 PI.
- Simplified and Time-Saving I/O Management: With a single driver model, the Emulex 16GFC HBAs can be controlled, 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.
Emulex’s LPe16000B single and LPe16002B dual-port 16GFC HBAs is slated for a release sometime during this quarter.