Emulex LightPulse Virtual HBA Technology Supports Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007

Posted by bink on November 19 2007, 11:08 PM. Posted in System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Emulex Virtual HBA Technology is First Integrated Server Virtualization Solution With Industry-Standard NPIV Support for Windows Environments

Emulex Corporation (ELX) today announced its LightPulse(r) Virtual Host Bus Adapter (HBA) technology is now available for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007. This marks the first integrated storage area network (SAN) connectivity solution with industry-standard N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) support for Microsoft Windows Server virtualization environments.

Emulex's LightPulse Virtual HBA technology, composed of Emulex 4Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs supporting NPIV, enables customers to effectively 'virtualize' SAN connections so that each virtual machine has independent access to its own protected storage. In addition, Emulex LightPulse Virtual HBA technology enables administrators to leverage standard SAN management tools and best practices, such as fabric zoning and LUN mapping/masking, and, enhanced management and migration of virtual machines. It also provides the most efficient utilization of the HBAs in the server while ensuring the highest level of data protection available in the industry.

"Emulex is committed to working with Microsoft to drive the adoption of Microsoft server virtualization environments now and in the future," said Mike Smith, executive vice president of worldwide marketing, Emulex Corporation. "Emulex's LightPulse Virtual HBA technology is a key technology enabling users to easily deploy their SAN-attached virtual machines within Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007."

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007, part of the Microsoft System Center family of system management products, provides a simple and cost-effective solution for unified management of physical and virtual machines, consolidation of underutilized physical servers, and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines by utilizing the expertise and investments in Microsoft server technology.

"System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 provides a comprehensive management solution for the virtualized data center that enables increased physical server utilization and centralized management of virtual machine infrastructure," said Larry Orecklin, general manager of marketing for the Management Solutions Division at Microsoft Corp. "Emulex's integration with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 extends the built-in SAN migration functionality and delivers enhanced connectivity without requiring reconfiguration or open zoning, helping customers easily and efficiently utilize SAN support in Microsoft Virtual Server and Windows Server virtualization environments."