Broadcom First to Ship 7th Generation Fibre Channel

Emulex HBAs set a new standard in speed and low latency performance for mission-critical enterprise workloads and emerging applications

Broadcom today announced the industry’s first family of Gen 7 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) designed for accelerating today’s mission-critical enterprise workloads and emerging mission critical applications including artificial intelligence-based business analytics.

Broadcom’s Emulex LPe35000-series HBAs are the first products released that comply with the FC-PI-7 standard*–the fastest single-lane serial transmission speed that features the hardened NVMe over Fibre Channel protocol (NVMe/FC), automatic buffer credit recovery, and more.

Purpose-built for All-flash and End-to-End NVMe Data Centers

By optimizing both the hardware and software stack, the LPe35000 delivers sub 10us roundtrip latency, 2x the bandwidth of Gen 6, and >5 million IOPS, resulting in double the application performance while using only half the CPU utilization of current solutions. Oracle Database testing shows that Emulex LPe35000-series HBAs deliver up to 55% better performance than competitive products**, providing enterprises with:

Increased business efficiency through faster response times
Lower application licensing costs and power consumption with the ability to process more transactions per server

Breakthrough Operational Efficiency

Emulex LPe35000-series HBAs, working in concert with Broadcom’s Brocade directors and switches, will dramatically simplify how data center administrators deploy and manage their enterprise storage network. These new features solve two of today’s most perplexing storage challenges: eliminating the need to reboot servers for firmware updates, and recognizing and eliminating network congestion bottlenecks to provide maximum server up-time.

Enhancements to the Most Reliable, Scalable, & Secure Storage Network

Emulex LPe35000-series HBAs include three industry exclusive enhancements:

  • Trunking: aggregates physical ports to form a single, logical, extremely high-bandwidth 128GFC port
  • Dynamic Port Isolation: full error diagnosis and resolution without impacting traffic on any other port on the HBA
  • Silicon Root of Trust: firmware authentication is embedded into the hardware, delivering improved security against malicious firmware attacks

Built for the Future

As the first Fibre Channel HBA with support for the PCIe 4.0 specification, the LPe35000-series supports double the bandwidth per lane, providing significant I/O performance benefits for storage networking and AI applications. Performance upgrades are easy with hot-plug 64GFC optics kits. Lastly, Emulex HBAs support data center modernization efforts with concurrent NVMe/FC and traditional FC (SCSI FCP) support, allowing for a streamlined transition.

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