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Emulex, a supplier of storage networking host bus adapters (HBAs), this week received certifications from LSI Logic Storage Systems and Brocade Communications Systems for its LightPulse LP9002L 2Gb/s Fibre Channel HBA. The LP9002l has already earned qualifications from Legato Systems and Hewlett-Packard, while Compaq has chosen its sister HBA, the LP952L, for use with its StorageWorks storage area network (SAN) solutions.
LSI Logic certified the LP9002L for use with its MetaStor E4600 2Gb/s storage system, which scales to 39 terabytes. Brocade qualified the LP9002L as interoperable with Brocade-based SAN infrastructure solutions.
"LSI Logic Storage Systems and Emulex are committed to delivering industry-leading 2Gb/s storage networking solutions, and certification of the Emulex Fibre Channel HBAs mean customers receive a highly robust, interoperable connectivity solution when utilizing LSI Logic's enterprise-class storage systems," said Flavio Santoni, vice president of sales and marketing for LSI Logic Storage Systems Inc.
"Emulex has successfully completed the Fabric Aware testing with Brocade fabric switches in a heterogeneous SAN environment," said Jay Kidd, Brocade vice president of product marketing. "SANs are being deployed worldwide at a rapid rate as a scalable, high performance networking foundation for storage environments. End users are implementing large fabric SANs comprising hundreds of storage subsystems, servers and networking technologies, all from multiple vendors. The Fabric Aware program is an example of our continued investment in delivering end-to-end SAN interoperability to our partners and their customers."
According to Emulex, the LP9002L HBA operates at up to 2Gb/s Fibre Channel data rates, and offers auto speed negotiation, a function that enables the HBA to automatically sense the network's maximum speed, while maintaining full backwards compatibility with 1Gb/s Fibre Channel installations. It also offers driver compatibility across Emulex's entire family of LightPulse HBAs, including both the 2Gb/s LP9002L and the 1Gb/s LP8000.