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Emulex Unveils OneCore Storage Software Development Kit for High Performance I/O Connectivity

New Tool Kit Enables IHVs and ISVs to Deliver Server and Storage Appliances Powered by Emulex I/O Connectivity Solutions

FRANKFURT, Germany and COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SNW EUROPE -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX), today announced the OneCore™ Storage software development kit (SDK), a new comprehensive solution for independent hardware and software vendors (IHVs and ISVs) and system integrators who are developing storage, flash/solid state disk (SSD), application and networking appliance solutions that require low latency and high performance I/O connectivity. The Emulex OneCore Storage SDK includes a collection of high performance initiator and target driver source code, documentation, training and support which allows IHVs/ISVs to leverage Emulex's breakthrough Emulex Engine™ (XE) 201 converged fabric controller technology, which is capable of 8Gb and 16Gb Fibre Channel (8GFC and 16GFC) and 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI I/O connectivity, within their own storage networking solutions. 

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"The Emulex XE201 converged fabric controller-based products will help appliance partners develop solutions to address the explosive growth of optimized solutions for enterprise, cloud, SSD/flash and big data," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. "This new SDK enables IHVs and ISVs to accelerate their time to market with complementary high performance I/O connectivity solutions, powered by Emulex, that are ideal for keeping pace with the demands of I/O caching, highly virtualized environments and performance hungry applications that need more bandwidth, throughput and faster response times."

The Emulex OneCore Storage SDK simplifies and accelerates the process of developing storage solutions based on Emulex's code base, with an extensible, modular framework and architecture. Leveraging a straightforward, easy to use click-through end user licensing agreement streamlines and simplifies the procurement of the tool kit. The Emulex OneCore Storage SDK includes the SDK device driver source code, release notes, documentation, training, and access to a developer portal, as well as a community support forum.

Additional key benefits of the OneCore Storage Developers program include:

  • Elastic Driver Development Approach: IHVs/ISVs can leverage the Emulex target and initiator reference drivers in several ways: as the foundation of their driver, utilizing specific layer(s) as the building block for their driver, or as reference code for their own driver development. The OneCore Storage SDK also provides a common driver framework and architecture that will support all storage protocols (FC, FCoE and iSCSI).
  • Extensible Modular Driver Architecture: The Emulex OneCore Storage SDK has been designed from the ground up to be protocol and operating system (OS) agnostic. This unique driver architecture provides a clean, easily understood reference driver which can be used by customers as the foundation or as a building block for their driver. The OneCore Storage SDK consists of Emulex's Service Level Interface (SLI™), Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), transport code and abstracted OS interfaces for OS-specific implementations. The OneCore Storage SDK also contains a SCSI-like API for back-end target and initiator connectivity.
  • Ideal for Storage, Flash Array and Appliance Vendors: With the fastest 16GFC adapters available today, capable of more than 1.2 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) on a single port,¹ developers can leverage Emulex FC and FCoE technology to power their SSD/flash-based storage appliances, and take advantage of the performance and management characteristics needed to support virtualized servers and cloud deployments.
  • Broad Platform Support: OneCore Storage includes both Linux (Red Hat Enterprise Linux [RHEL] 6.2) and FreeBSD 9.0 SDKs. In addition, the OS agnostic design gives developers the option of porting the drivers to other OSes.
  • Flexible Back-end Support: The OneCore Storage SDK architecture allows customers to utilize their own customer-specific back-end or standard Linux or FreeBSD back-ends.
  • Advanced Standards Support: OneCore Storage SDK drivers provide support for advanced standards such as N_Port Identification Virtualization (NPIV), which allows users to maintain SAN best practices within a virtualized environment, and T10 Protection Information (T10 PI), providing enhanced data protection against silent data corruption.

For more information, please visit the OneCore Storage SDK landing page or developers portal here.

1.   Demartek Emulex LPe16000B 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Evaluation, October 2012

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About Emulex
Emulex, the leader in converged networking solutions, provides enterprise-class connectivity for servers, networks and storage devices within the data center. The company's product portfolio of Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters, 10Gb Ethernet Network Interface Cards, Ethernet-based Converged Network Adapters, controllers, embedded bridges and switches, and connectivity management software are proven, tested and trusted by the world's largest and most demanding IT environments. Emulex solutions are used and offered by the industry's leading server and storage OEMs including, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, Huawei, IBM, NEC, NetApp and Oracle. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif. and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. More information about Emulex (NYSE:ELX) is available at

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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical information, the statements set forth above include forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. Emulex wishes to caution readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include among others, intellectual property claims, with or without merit, that could result in costly litigation, cause product shipment delays, require Emulex to indemnify customers, or require Emulex to enter into royalty or licensing agreements, which may or may not be available. Furthermore, Emulex has in the past obtained, and may be required in the future to obtain, licenses of technology owned by other parties. Emulex cannot be certain that the necessary licenses will be available or that they can be obtained on commercially reasonable terms. If Emulex were to fail to obtain such royalty or licensing agreements in a timely manner and on reasonable terms, Emulex's business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially adversely affected. Ongoing lawsuits, such as the action brought by Broadcom Corporation ("Broadcom"), present inherent risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on Emulex's business, financial condition, or results of operations. Such potential risks include continuing expenses of litigation, risk of loss of patent rights and/or monetary damages, risk of injunction against the sale of products incorporating the technology in question, counterclaims, attorneys' fees, incremental costs associated with product or component redesigns, and diversion of management's attention from other business matters. With respect to the Broadcom litigation, such potential risks also include the availability of an adequate sunset period of time to make design changes, the ability to implement any design changes, the availability of customer resources to complete any re-qualification or re-testing that may be needed, the ability to maintain favorable working relationships with Emulex suppliers of serializer/deserializer (SerDes)  modules and the ability to obtain a settlement that does not put Emulex at a competitive disadvantage. In addition, the fact that the economy generally, and the technology and storage segments specifically, have been in a state of uncertainty makes it difficult to determine if past experience is a good guide to the future and makes it impossible to determine if markets will grow or shrink in the short term. The current economic downturn and the resulting disruptions in world credit and equity markets that are creating economic uncertainty for Emulex's customers and the storage networking market as a whole has, and could, continue to adversely affect Emulex's revenues and results of operations. Furthermore, the effect of any actual or potential unsolicited offers to acquire Emulex may have an adverse effect on Emulex's operations. As a result of these uncertainties, Emulex is unable to predict its future results with any accuracy. Other factors affecting these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: faster than anticipated decline in the storage networking market; slower than expected growth of the storage networking market or the failure of Emulex's Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers to successfully incorporate Emulex products into their systems; Emulex's dependence on a limited number of customers and the effects of the loss of, decrease in or delays of orders by any such customers, or the failure of such customers to make timely payments; the emergence of new or stronger competitors as a result of consolidation movements in the market; the timing and market acceptance of Emulex products or Emulex OEM customers' new or enhanced products; costs associated with entry into new areas of the storage technology market; the variability in the level of Emulex's backlog and the variable and seasonal procurement patterns of Emulex's customers; any inadequacy of Emulex's intellectual property protection and the costs of actual or potential third-party claims of infringement and any related indemnity obligations or adverse judgments; impairment charges, including but not limited to goodwill and intangible assets; changes in tax rates or legislation; the effects of acquisitions; the effects of terrorist activities; natural disasters, such as the earthquake and resulting tsunami off the coast of Japan in March 2011 and the significant flooding in various parts of Thailand in October 2011, and any resulting disruption in Emulex's supply chain or customer purchasing patterns or any other resulting economic or political instability; the highly competitive nature of the markets for Emulex products as well as pricing pressures that may result from such competitive conditions; the effects of changes in Emulex's business model to separately charge for software; the effect of rapid migration of customers towards newer, lower cost product platforms; possible transitions from board or box level to application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solutions for selected applications; a shift in unit product mix from higher-end to lower-end or mezzanine card products; a faster than anticipated decrease in the average unit selling prices or an increase in the manufactured cost of Emulex products; delays in product development; Emulex's reliance on third-party suppliers and subcontractors for components and assembly; Emulex's ability to attract and retain key technical personnel; Emulex's ability to benefit from research and development activities; Emulex's dependence on international sales and internationally produced products; changes in accounting standards; and the potential effects of global warming and any resulting regulatory changes on Emulex's business. These and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are also discussed in Emulex's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent filings on Forms 8-K, 10-K and 10-Q. Statements in this release are based on current expectations and, except as required by law, Emulex undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.


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