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Emulex Revolutionizes Bare Metal Provisioning for Hyperscale Data Centers with New OpenWorks Connector

August 25, 2014

Emulex and Egenera Join Forces to Accelerate Server Deployment with Over-the-Wire Management Capabilities

SAN FRANCISCO & COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- VMWORLD Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced the first Emulex OpenWorks™ Connector for use with the new Emulex OneConnect® OCec14000 series of Cloud Adapters. The Emulex OpenWorks Connector provides a highly scalable solution that enables bare metal adapter configuration management and rapid provisioning/deployment capabilities for scale-out environments such as cloud-based infrastructures. The Emulex OpenWorks Connectoruses a RESTful API, allowing third-party provisioning tools to leverage the new OpenWorks Connector to manage the Emulex OneConnect OCec14000 Cloud Adapters. Egenera, a provider of cloud and data center infrastructure management software, is the first partner to utilize this API, and when combined with Egenera’s PAN Manager 8.0, will allow customers to rapidly configure and provision machine images to bare metal rack servers for physical and virtual environments.

Cloud service providers (CSPs) and telco providers who are building cloud-based infrastructures need the ability to deploy large numbers of rack servers quickly and cost effectively. The lack of a single tool for provisioning and managing heterogeneous server environments forces cloud providers to either standardize on a single server vendor, or incur additional costs to manage and provision using multiple tools. This new solution enables cloud providers to easily configure, manage and deploy their cloud infrastructures in a heterogeneous server environment, accelerating time-to-application deployment while scaling IT resources, thereby driving down operational expenditures. The Emulex OpenWorks Connector allows provisioning tools, such as those offered by Egenera, to have complete control down to the I/O adapter level when provisioning bare metal rack servers for new deployments.

“As we move into the era of Web-scale computing, orchestration systems that manage both physical and virtual resources are critical to realize service level commitments and achieve expected return on investments (ROIs),” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing, Emulex. “Together, our OpenWorks Connectorand Egenera’s PAN Manager provide administrators with single-pane-of-glass management capabilities, allowing them to deploy new workloads, manage resource pools, and provision/repurpose physical and virtual infrastructures with high efficiency and accelerated time-to-application deployment.”

The Emulex OpenWorks Connector provides the capability to configure each server with its own boot profile for Emulex-based cloud adapters, ideal for Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) applications, as well as on-the-fly provisioning of servers for day/night operations or bare metal workload migrations. When combined with the Egenera PAN Manager, the integrated solution allows a cloud service provider to rapidly deploy new rack servers with a full machine image.

“The combination of Egenera PAN Manager 8.0 and the Emulex OpenWorks Connector brings the power of choice to cloud service providers that are intent on maintaining service levels while containing operational and capital expenditures,” said John Humphreys, vice president of marketing, Egenera. “The result is the first cloud automation and management suite in a production environment, with the capability to provision and manage heterogeneous rack server environments in a truly cost-effective manner.”

The forthcoming Emulex OpenWorks Connector brings new over-the-wire management capabilities for data center servers including the following:

  • Stateless Server Management: Emulex OpenWorks Connector includes full NIC management capabilities before any operating system or boot environment is installed.
  • Agentless Server Management: Management is performed with a direct interface to the NIC, removing the need to add another agent or ad-hoc pre-boot environment to the server, which lowers costs and simplifies management.
  • Operating System (OS) Agnostic: The Emulex OpenWorks Connector is transparent to the OS running on a server, and works with standard Emulex NIC drivers.
  • Secure Management: The Emulex OpenWorks Connector includes support for dedicated management of virtual LANs (VLANs) to isolate network traffic from data traffic to the server, and offers secure management through SSL.

    “Based on the Emulex OpenWorks Connectorand the extended PAN Manager functionalities, we can now offer our customers the opportunity to build their converged infrastructure with PRIMERGY rack and scale-out servers,” said Uwe Romppel, Head of Product Management Server at Fujitsu. “The solution automates essential IT management tasks and improves service level agreements through embedded high-availability and disaster recovery mechanisms for both physical and virtual workloads.”

    The initial pre-configured, integrated cloud infrastructure solution with Egenera will begin shipping in October 2014.

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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 unrivaled end-to-end application visibility, optimization 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 centers of nearly all of the Fortune 1000. Emulex’s monitoring and management solutions, including its portfolio of network visibility and recording products, provide organizations 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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