Announced at this week’s Cisco Networkers in Barcelona, Spain, Emulex Corporation, partnering with Cisco and VMWare, launched a joint storage networking solution. The new solution runs on VMware virtualization infrastructure and incorporates Emulex’s LightPulse 4Gb/s host bus adapters (HBAs), Cisco’s MDS Fibre Channel switches and VMware’s ESX Server 3.5.
The new solution offers industry-standard NPIV to provide customers with the functionality to maintain storage area network (SAN) best practices, while delivering improved Quality of Service (QoS) and data protection capabilities. Additionally, Emulex has teamed with Cisco and VMware to integrate NPIV functionality into VMware VMotion technology, which enhances storage access by maintaining the same Virtual Port ID while migrating live virtual machines from one physical host to another.
“This solution brings together the best in virtualized server and storage technologies, innovation and expertise by combining the unique features associated with NPIV and VMware VMotion. VMware VMotion helps eliminate downtime and works with NPIV to ensure a continuous SAN connection during the virtual machine migration process, and enables leverage of critical features and functionality, such as zoning,” said Mike Smith, executive vice president of worldwide marketing, Emulex Corporation. “By working with Cisco and VMware, we can provide our joint customers with a complete set of tools to enable infrastructure-wide virtualization and its full benefits including business continuity, disaster recovery and simplified IT management.”