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Emulex 8GB HBA Product Evaluation


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In this PDF we evaluate the Emulex products. We describe it using different points. We mainly describe the benefits of Emulex products than other products. It is presented by

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Emulex 8GB HBA Product Evaluation

  1. 1. Emulex HBA product evaluationEmulex provides network convergence solution thatconnect server, storage of the network within the datacenter. It includes the fibre channel host bus adapter,converged network adapter and embedded storageswitches. Products sold by OEM partners like Cisco,Dell, Hitachi data system, HP, IBM etc. It’s products areHost Bus Adapter, Network Adapter, Control drivers,iSCSI adapter,
  2. 2. IntroductionEmulex is situated Costa mesa california, it is foundedin the 1979 and now employs over 900 people in theworldwide. We evaluate some points of fibre channelhost bus adapter with other HBA’s. We includes somepoints like customer availability, model varity, operationenvironment support, installation support, multi pathingsupport, HBA management and support.
  3. 3. Evaluation summaryOur general finding that HBA product family is morerich of features and wider breadth of support for serverhardware, operating syatem and path management.Overall the installation process HBA is very much easierfor emulex. This management software is very muchefficient in the use if large environment. Current emulexproduct family is mature, robust and well suited forlarge to small fibre channel.
  4. 4. Customer AvailabilityA common consideration is the availability to thecustomer. Customer can obtain through varity of saleschannel. It is bundle with either server vendor orstorage vendor. It is also widely available in many retailchannel.
  5. 5. Model varietyServer that use that use fibre channel HBA, have avariety of bus types. These are PCI, PCI-X 1.0, PCI-X2.0, PCI Express and Sbus. In the factor requiredtower and rack server the blade server often havetheir own special factor that requires somespecialized HBA. It offer wide variety of bus type.HBA has two model 410 and 420 these work with aPCI express x4 or x8. The new emulex light pulseHBA support 4Gbps.
  6. 6. Operating environment supportFiber channel HBA are deployed in a number ofoperating environment and a wide section of certifiedsolution are required. It requires drivers for theoperating system and it support software applicationgraphical user interface (GUI) and command lineversions.
  7. 7. Multipathing SupportMultipathing is arranged in many fibre channel storageenvironment in order to give more than between server andstorage. It allows failover in the event by balancing across multiplepath. HBA is a part of comlete multipathing solution and has acertified to work in various multipahing system. Like micrisoftMIPO is certified for various HBA. It requires additional technologyfor to complete multipathing solution. Today it is certified to workin all major multipathing solutions like storage and file system.
  8. 8. Installation of HBAEmulex provides a single package Autopilot Installerthat install HBA driver and management software. Usercan install in just a two minutes and it does not requiredreboots. Administrator in a large environment withmany server emulex approach is simpler and easier.
  9. 9. HBA managementClicking on the left side of manustructure. Each product showsseveral tab function with dailyand periodic functions. It allowfirmware update to anywhere. Inthe visible fabric it can use thatfirmware. For the firmware updateno reboots is required. Event logis uaeful in managing of largeenvironment. HBA’s areperformed through backup,restore. Firmware BIOS andFcode can be updated for one ormore adapters. There is noreboots. No event log entries arenoted.
  10. 10. HBA performance graphVendor makes variousperformance claims. A seriesof iometer test ware spanningwide renge of block sizespecially for reading andwriting. HP server isconnected to texas memorysystem through 4100 fibrechannel switch. Here weinclude the MBPS graph.
  11. 11. Reliability and supportEmulex has a proven customer care center with greatdeal of experience. In the quaterly finance report JAN 242008 emulex claimed they host more than five millionservers. They currently claims that more than tenmillion hours of field mean between failures. Examplesare Emulex 8GB HBA , Emulex LPe11002 HBA.
  12. 12. Contact Us188-M Technology DriveIrvine CA 92618Tel: (949) 788-9939Fax: (949) 788-9940http://www.shopricom.comTo know about Emulex 8GB HBA you can visit