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.
"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.
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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 www.Emulex.com.
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