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Emulex helps drive shift to 16G FC

10/10/2011 01:00 PM EDT
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re: Emulex helps drive shift to 16G FC
jtarrio   10/10/2011 9:45:15 PM
This article has a number of inaccuracies. First, while the XE201 I/O controller is a quad-port controller capable of running multiple (and somewhat confusing) combinations of 16G FC, 8G FC, 10 GbE and 40 GbE, the products that Emulex announced today (LPe16000 and LPe16002) are just single and dual port 16G FC HBAs that may or may not have some future capability for 10 GbE, but that remains to be seen. According to all the marketing collateral, what will start shipping in December will certainly not have that capability. Also, Mr. Walsh's comment about Brocade "the Brocade cards cannot support a mix of either Ethernet or Fibre Channel on all their ports" is incorrect. Brocade has been the first company to ship a single adapter product that can work as either a 16G FC HBA or a 10 GbE NIC/CNA (or both!) on a per-port basis. In fact, in a dual port adapter, you can have one port running 10 GbE and one port running 16G FC, and the end user can change the protocol on a port by simply issuing a command, with no need to re-flash firmware or waiting for unannounced and unavailable releases. Shipping today.

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