Broadcom recently announced the availability of its Emulex Gen 7 LPe36000-series host bus adapters (HBAs) — the world’s first 64G Fibre Channel HBA. With the release of LPe36000-series, Broadcom becomes the first in the industry to provide a complete portfolio of products that enable an end-to-end 64G data path.
“Broadcom is proud to deliver the industry’s first 64G optic, cementing our place as the innovation leader in performance and reliability-centric optical interconnects,” said Alexis Bjorlin, senior VP and GM, Optical Systems Division, Broadcom. “By providing 64G connectivity for Brocade switches and Emulex HBAs, we are able to power the world’s highest-performing storage networks.”
Dramatically improving the performance of most SAN-based applications during testing, Emulex LPe36000-series 64G HBAs achieved the following results:
- Reduced Oracle data warehousing runtime by 87 percent compared to 32G
- PCIe 4.0 demonstrated up to a 63 percent improvement in application performance for dual-port 64G HBAs compared to running in a PCIe 3.0 server
- Cuts storage migration times by up to 38 percent
- Reduces VM Boot storm times by up to half
“Broadcom end-to-end 64G SAN technology is fueling storage innovation that will drive the industry for the next decade,” said Jack Rondoni, senior VP and GM, Brocade Storage Networking division, Broadcom. “Solutions with Brocade switches and Emulex adapters set a new standard for application performance and management simplicity with 64G speed and autonomous SAN technology.”
Emulex HBA’s performance is made possible due to a record-shattering 10 million IOPS, which is over 2x higher than previous generation and over 5x higher than the competition. Combined with the industry’s lowest latency HBA response time of 10 microseconds (µs), Emulex provides the performance required to fully utilize the latest PCIe 4.0 bus bandwidth which is double that of PCIe 3.0.
The Emulex LPe36000-series ships standard with NVMe over fibre channel (NVMe/FC) drivers providing the highest-performance SAN connectivity and concurrent protocol support, empowering data centers to easily transition to NVMe/FC without a fork-lift upgrade.
“The combination of new PCIe 4.0 servers and all-flash arrays demonstrate such high-performance margins that they are now capable of consuming all the bandwidth that current storage networks can deliver,” said Kevin Tolly, founder, The Tolly Group, “The results of performance testing by Tolly Group demonstrate why all-flash storage arrays should be paired with 64G technology such as Emulex Gen 7 HBAs and Brocade Gen 7 switching.”
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