Are you planning on going to VMworld 2012 Moscone Center in San Francisco this week? If you are, stop by the Emulex booth #2023 for a preview of some cool stuff from Emulex for VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1. With VMware’s recent announcement of vSphere 5.1 which includes support for 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with Emulex in-box drivers, Emulex will be demonstrating the Emulex LightPulse® LPe16000 Series 16GFC HBAs in a side by side comparison with LightPulse LPe12000 Series 8GFC HBAs in two separate virtual machines (VMs). As Figure 1 below shows by using the Emulex in-box driver, we are able to achieve 1600MB/s of read throughput for a single LPe16002 port.
There will be a few other interesting demos on display, such as the Emulex OneCommand® Manager virtual appliance (vAPP) and the Emulex OneCommand Manager plug-in for VMware vCenter Server for vSphere 5. Management is key area of interest for many of our customers. Managing tasks such as driver version, firmware updates and diagnostics – just to name a few – can be accomplished with our Emulex OneCommand Manager applications. For example, see Figure 2. If you are a VMware administrator who prefers to manage Emulex adapters through VMware vCenter Server, the Emulex OneCommand Manager plug-in for VMware vCenter Server provides single-pane-of-glass manageability without the need of having an additional host to run the application.
But if your environment consists of VMware, Windows and Linux hosts, and you’d still like to use the OneCommand Manager application, there are two options available. One is the Emulex OneCommand Mananger virtual appliance (vAPP). You will need to download the application and core kit for each of the operating systems (OS) and install the application, preferably on a management server of some kind. The second is the Emulex OneCommand Manager vAPP available from the Implementer’s Lab tools section. The folks from the Implementer’s Lab have taken all the necessary steps for deploying OneCommand Manager and placed it on a VM running CentOS 6.2 with Emulex OneCommand Manager. Deploy the VM on your vSphere 5 environment, and then install the appropriate CIM provider for each OS running on the host you wish to manage with an Emulex adapter. From within your VMware vCenter Server, you can now manage the VM and also run OneCommand Manager, even within the new web client from VMware.
We have a number of demos to show you at VMworld 2012, so please stop by booth #2023 and ask for a demo. The folks from the Implementer’s Lab will also be there in attendance, so stop by for a free 8Gb USB memory stick with the Emulex OneCommand Manager vAPP loaded for you to try. There will also be several booth theater presentations on the Solution Implementer’s Lab in terms of resources and tools for you for your deployment needs. Stop by Aug. 26 at 4:30, Aug. 27 at 3:30 and 5:00, Aug. 28 at 11:00 and 2:30. We hope to see you there!