Emulex Rolls Out a 10G-bps Network Adapter for All Data Center Tiers

Emulex's OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter is the latest move by a vendor to offer a single converged network framework to enterprises that are seeing complexity and increasing costs make their way into the data center. Emulex has been at the center of a consolidation trend within the enteprise networking space, fending off an unsolicited acquisition bid by Broadcom.

Emulex at the Interop show is demonstrating what officials say is a single 10 Gigabit-per-second network adapter that can be used at any tier in the data center.

Emulex's OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter, first introduced in February, greatly simplifies server configuration and management processes within the data center, according to company officials.

Emulex, in a demonstration that includes Hewlett-Packard servers, NetApp storage devices and network switches from Cisco Systems, is showing off the OneConnect adapter at the Interop 2009 show in Las Vegas, which runs May 17-21.

It's the latest move by a vendor to bring converged network capabilities to enterprises that are seeing a rapid increase in complexity in their data centers.

"Network convergence is a pivotal technology for reducing data center costs, complexity and resources," Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development for Emulex, said in a statement.

The universal adapter can be used as a 10G-bps TCP/IP NIC (network interface card), iSCSI HBA (host bus adapter) or FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) CNA (converged network adapter).

The OneConnect adapter is powered by Emulex's VEngine for virtualization environments and administered via the company's OneCommand management framework.

Emulex has been in the news lately as a takeover target of Broadcom, the latest move in a continuing consolidation of data center technology providers. Emulex May 4 rejected the unsolicited $746 million offer, saying it undervalued the company.