Emulex Helps Network Operators Ramp Up, SDN-enabled Virtual Networks

By Paula Bernier January 24, 2014

A new family of Ethernet network adapters from Emulex Corp. can help enterprises, cloud providers and telcos scale up their virtual machine deployments with low latency and offer a new open API called SURF to integrate with software-defined networking. 

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This is important because new technologies and applications are putting new performance and scalability demands on enterprise and service provider networks. And, as indicated below, many leading tech companies are embracing new solutions like those offered by Emulex.

The OneConnect OCe14000 line includes 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet solutions, both of which employ Emulex Engine 100 series I/O controllers. The adapters allow for scale in terms of higher bandwidth, reduced latency and increased I/O operations per second, explains Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development at Emulex. They can be used securely in hybrid clouds with Virtual Network Fabrics. They enable application acceleration due to the use of the RDMA over Converged Ethernet-based architecture.

"The major trends driving modern data centers – virtualization, cloud, convergence and hyperscale computing – place unprecedented demands on the network, storage and compute infrastructure," said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Emulex is delivering a new generation of 10/40GbE controllers and adapters to better enable organizations to meet that demand for unprecedented scale, performance and efficiency in the data center."

Emulex says its solutions, when used for VMware VirtualWire applications, offer up to a 50 percent improvement in CPU utilization as compared to standard NICs. Small packet network performance, meanwhile, can see a four-fold performance increase from using the OCe14000, according to the company. And the company’s Virtual Network Exceleration offload technology can result in up to 70 percent better performance.

Alcatel-Lucent, Arista Networks, Dell Networking, Huawei, Lenovo, Microsoft (related to Windows Server 2012 R2), Oracle, Quanta QCT and VMware all are working with Emulex.

"VMware vCloud Suite enables the software-defined data center by delivering virtualised infrastructure services, including compute, networking, security and storage," said Sanjay Katyal, vice president, Global Alliances and OEMs, VMware. "The OCe14000 family of adapters from Emulex can further accelerate the performance of virtualized environments, while improving network throughput, and offers customers a highly integrated, powerful and efficient solution."

The Emulex OCe14000 family, for which pricing starts at $448 MSRP, is available for order now and will begin to ship this quarter.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

Executive Editor, TMC

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