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The lossless, robust #Emulex Fibre Channel solution delivers a 55% improvement in latency, 28% performance advantage, datacenter-proven fabric

SAN JOSE, Calif., and SINGAPORE, July 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — #Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ:AVGO) today announced the availability of the industry’s first Non-Volatile Memory Express ( #NVMe ) over Fibre Channel HBA solution.  Broadcom is currently sampling this standards-based solution to OEMs on its Emulex® Gen 6 Host Bus Adapters (HBAs). The NVMe over Fibre Channel solution delivers 55% lower latency when used with NVMe drives compared to SCSI drives and a 28% performance advantage versus Ethernet solutions. 

NVMe over Fibre Channel builds on the performance improvements delivered by Emulex Gen 6 HBAs, which cuts latency in half versus the previous generation.  The combination of Emulex Gen 6 with NVMe over Fibre Channel delivers an even greater reduction of 75% in latency versus legacy 8Gb Fibre Channel storage networks.

Emulex NVMe-enabled HBAs meet the newly ratified NVMe over Fabrics (NVMf) standard to ensure interoperability across the eco-system. Broadcom has been a leading contributor to the NVM Express working group and contributed the Fibre Channel driver code for the NVMe Fabrics Linux Driver working group.  NVMe deployments are expected to ramp quickly in enterprise datacenters with analysts forecasting shipments to grow at a rate of 78%. (2016-2020 CAGR, IDC April, 2016)

Fibre Channel supports both standard storage arrays and new NVMe over Fibre Channel arrays on the same fabric.  The dual-mode feature provides investment protection by supporting SCSI storage arrays installed in the datacenter and new NVMe storage arrays, concurrently. The solution is also Software Defined Storage-ready with the availability of an Software Development Kit (SDK) for Emulex HBAs that provides all the tools needed to build an NVMe external storage system based on standard server hardware.

NVMe over Fibre Channel is the optimal fabric solution providing multiple advantages including:


Gen 6 Fibre Channel at 32Gb delivers 28% faster performance than 25Gb Ethernet solutionsProvides consistent performance under heavy workloads due to the robust, credit based flow control, Fibre Channel fabricProvides scale to NVMe storage solutions built on a robust network, scaling beyond a rack to across the Enterprise Data Center


Lossless, robust protocolFibre Channel’s purpose-built design ensures consistent and reliable data deliveryEasy and cost effective to implementFC switches available today support NVMe over Fibre Channel and require no hardware changes and no new training or expertise


Fibre Channel is the dominant choice for enterprise-class workloads90% of all-flash array deployments use Fibre ChannelHigh performance Fibre Channel connected storage represents a $100 billion installed base

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