To say that much has been written about the cloud is a bit of an understatement. It is one of our most strategic market opportunities in the IT industry, and it touches almost every aspect of our business. Emulex has been working with our OEMs and cloud ecosystems partners to build the right combination of connectivity, protocols, standards and features to make sure that Emulex becomes the number one way to connect you and your business to the cloud.
So when we say “Emulex Connects the Cloud,” what do we mean? It means that Emulex technology is being used to connect, manage and optimize every layer of the cloud.
Mobile Access Layer
Everybody knows that there has been an explosion of mobile devices, whether it is a smartphone, tablet, or a laptop; cloud providers are seeing an explosion in demand for Web and Cloud Giants. At the Mobile/Access layer, Emulex’s Connect I/O Engine enables Web and Cloud Giants to optimize their network traffic based on each application type, be it search, video or e-commerce-driven, to improve data center productivity. Our ability to support and secure multiple clients on a single port will be vital for supporting both public and private clouds and regulatory and audit requirements. Our raw performance provides the required headroom for network-intensive events to improve uptime and service delivery.
SaaS, Paas, IaaS and Hybrid Delivery Layer
Emulex 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) and Fibre Channel (FC) technologies are being used at each level of the cloud. Our 10GbE technology is used to reach out to the cloud and our FC technology is used to record critical financial transactions. At the Software as a Service (SaaS) level, we use our Connect I/O engine to accelerate access and delivery of Web services. At the Platform as a Service (PaaS) level, we accelerate improved service delivery to developers with our 10GbE bandwidth and universal converged network adapter (UCNA) delivering improved performance, better uptime, and lower cost. And, at the Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) level, we help service providers and telcos deliver flexible cloud resources to keep IT costs down. Finally, we will be supporting new overlay networking technologies such as VMware Virtual Extensible Local Area Network (VXLAN), which is really cloud simplification.
Servers and Clusters Layer
At this layer of the new cloud-driven data center, Emulex is delivering new software management tools such as OneCommand Vision and our vCenter management plug-in that enable IT managers to see an optimized I/O from one end of the cloud to the other. Our latest technology roadmap shows Emulex delivering low-latency technologies that open new market segments for Emulex and improve the current performance of applications and networks to provide better scalability at lower costs for IT and cloud giants.
Storage Systems Layer
Storage has been the heritage of Emulex and continue to lead this market forward with our industry leading 16Gb FC, 10/40GbE UCNAs and new multi-fabric solutions that drive the market towards network convergence. Our OneConnect UCNAs also enable and scale up the performance of new storage models commonly called “big data” based on Hadoop and other analytics used to provide competitive business intelligence that is strategically important or to simply store massive amounts of data with the largest implementations at places like Facebook, which stores 30PB of data.
As you can see, the cloud is reaching into every part of the digital world and these changes represent new opportunities and make the world ‘Emulex Connected’.