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Emulex Upgrades OneCore Storage Software Development Kit with Target Core Module to Simplify and Accelerate Development of I/O Appliances

Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced the newest release of the OneCore™ Storage Software Development Kit (SDK) 5.0, a comprehensive solution for independent hardware and software vendors (IHVs and ISVs) and system integrators to create target side drivers in a custom, high efficiency environment, for storage, flash/solid state disk (SSD) and applications that require low latency and high performance I/O connectivity. The Emulex OneCore Storage SDK offers the widest range of storage applications and comprehensive back-end support, as well as support for all Emulex I/O connectivity solutions, including Emulex LightPulse® Gen 5 (16GFC) Fibre Channel (FC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and the newly announced OneConnect® OCe14000 family of Network Adapters and Converged Network Adapters (CNAs).

“We have worked with our development partners to accelerate and simplify integration and time-to-market of solutions with the newest version of the OneCore Storage SDK. The addition of the target control module feature makes it easy to support almost any flavor of Linux used in networking and storage appliance markets that require enterprise-class reliability, high bandwidth and low latency I/O connectivity,” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. “With Emulex’s new OCe14000 family now supported in the OneCore Storage SDK, developers can take advantage of our industry-leading protocol offload capabilities to scale the capabilities of their products, have optimal CPU efficiency and maximize performance.”

The Emulex OneCore Storage SDK driver architecture provides design flexibility, enabling selective use of modular layers to meet customer-specific requirements and architectural needs. In addition, the Emulex OneCore Storage SDK includes the following benefits:

  • Flexibility and Broad Protocol Support: The OneCore Storage SDK now supports all protocol speeds including 8Gb Fibre Channel (8GFC), Gen 5 FC (16GFC), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), iSCSI and 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE), with 40Gb Ethernet (40GbE) support to follow. Developers can leverage the SDK with one protocol and transfer that development to another protocol easily, substantially reducing future development time and efforts and speeding time to market.
  • Broadest Back-end and Platform Support: The OneCore Storage SDK includes broad support for SCSI Target Subsystem for Linux (SCST), FreeBSD, Random Access Memory Disk (RAMD), UserSpace and a technology preview of support for Target Core Module (TCM), formerly known as linux-iscsi.org (LIO). The OneCore Storage SDK’s architecture also allows customers to utilize their own customer-specific back-end or standard Linux (Red Hat Enterprise Linux [RHEL] 6.4 or FreeBSD 9.2 back-ends. In addition, the operating system (OS) agnostic design facilitates the option of porting the drivers to other OSes.
  • Modular Driver Architecture: The Emulex OneCore Storage SDK has a unique driver architecture that provides a clean, easily understood reference driver which can be used by customers as the foundation or as a building block for their driver. The OneCore Storage SDK consists of Emulex’s Service Level Interface (SLI™), Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), transport code and abstracted OS interfaces for OS-specific implementations.
  • Advanced Standards Support: Emulex OneCore Storage SDK drivers provide support for advanced standards such as N_Port Identification Virtualization (NPIV), which allows users to maintain SAN best practices within a virtualized environment, T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) which provides enhanced data protection against silent data corruption, Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) for iSCSI security and MC/S (Multiple Connections per Session) for iSCSI failover.

Supporting Quotes:

“DataCore has been working with Emulex and the OneCore Storage team to develop drivers to support Gen 5 FC with SANsymphony-V,” said Carlos M. Carreras, vice president of alliances and business development at DataCore. “The driver development kit and the team at Emulex have been instrumental in our efforts to provide a high performance, low latency connectivity path for customers implementing SANsymphony-V to virtualize their storage hardware. The flexibility and ease of portability are major features that we, as a software-defined storage leader, value as we provide enhanced support for additional protocols, such as FCoE and iSCSI.”

“SGI server platforms and the SGI InfiniteStorage solutions both leverage the performance of the Emulex Gen 5 FC HBAs to significantly improve the bandwidth,” said Doug Rainbolt, vice president and general manager of the Storage Business Unit at SGI. “As a long-time partner of Emulex, SGI is able to provide its customers the most reliable and best performing connectivity solutions.”

Emulex is hosting a webcast, entitled “First Look Webcast: OneCore Storage SDK 5.0” on March 4 at 9 a.m. PT that will focus on how the next generation of the SDK adds new features including support for of the new Emulex OneConnect OCe14000 family of 10GbE Network Adapters and CNAs. Register here.

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About Emulex

Emulex, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, provides hardware and software solutions for global networks that support enterprise, cloud, government and telecommunications. Emulex’s products enable unrivalled end-to-end application visibility, optimisation and acceleration. The Company's I/O connectivity offerings, including its line of ultra high-performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products, have been designed into server and storage solutions from leading OEMs, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, NetApp and Oracle, and can be found in the data centres of nearly all of the Fortune 1000. Emulex’s monitoring and management solutions, including its portfolio of network visibility and recording products, provide organisations with complete network performance management at speeds up to 100Gb Ethernet. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. For more information about Emulex (NYSE:ELX) please visit http://www.Emulex.com.

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The assumptions on which the cost savings, share repurchase and capital return goals and expectations are based necessarily involve judgments with respect to, among other things, economic, competitive and financial market conditions and the impact of the cost savings initiative on our customers, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Further factors include whether changes to the membership of our board of directors will have the desired effect in helping us achieve and implement our business and strategic goals. These factors also include the possibility that we may not realize the anticipated benefits from the acquisition of Endace Limited (Endace) on a timely basis or at all, and may be unable to integrate the technology, operations and personnel of Endace into our existing operations in a timely and efficient manner. In addition, intellectual property claims, with or without merit, that could result in costly litigation, cause product shipment delays, require us to indemnify customers, or require us to enter into royalty or licensing agreements, which may or may not be available. Furthermore, we have in the past obtained, and may be required in the future to obtain, licenses of technology owned by other parties. We cannot be certain that the necessary licenses will be available or that they can be obtained on commercially reasonable terms. If we were to fail to obtain such royalty or licensing agreements in a timely manner and on reasonable terms, our business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially adversely affected. Ongoing lawsuits, such as the action brought by Broadcom Corporation (Broadcom), present inherent risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, or results of operations. Such potential risks include continuing expenses of litigation, loss of patent rights, monetary damages, injunctions against the sale of products incorporating the technology in question, counterclaims, attorneys' fees, incremental costs associated with product or component redesigns, liabilities to customers under reimbursement agreements or contractual indemnification provisions, and diversion of management's attention from other business matters. With respect to the continuing Broadcom litigation, such potential risks also include the adequacy of any sunset period to make design changes, the ability to implement any design changes, the availability of customer resources to complete any re-qualification or re-testing that may be needed, the ability to maintain favorable working relationships with Emulex suppliers of serializer/deserializer (SerDes) modules, and the ability to obtain a settlement which does not put us at a competitive disadvantage. 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