There is no direct firmware update for the Brocade adapters tested. However, neither the online help nor any of the Brocade manuals describe how to create such a port. In its January 24, quarterly financial report, Emulex claimed an installed base of more than five million host server ports from its HBA product family. The Brocade switch used to test the adapters revealed that the Emulex adapter supports Class 2 and 3, and that the Brocade adapter only supports Class 3. This provides a consistent process and scales well to large environments. In addition to the batch mode firmware updates, Emulex also provides a batch mode distribution of HBA parameter settings by distributing a parameter file for the HBAs to any or all of the servers with compatible Emulex HBAs that are visible in the fabric.

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If the full management mode is selected, HBAnyware discovers and manages all the Emulex adapters in the fabric that are visible to the host.

In our opinion, the latest generation of 8 Gbps Emulex HBA products are mature, robust, and well suited for large to small enterprise Fibre Channel deployments. Viewed times Community Rating: Sign in to vote. In many cases, the read performance for both HBAs was very close.

These parameters can be changed for one HBA port at a time. The evaluation includes the following topics:.

The first test installations were performed on a server running Windows Server Enterprise x64 Edition. There is no direct firmware update for the Brocade adapters tested. It can be set to discover and manage Brocade HBAs in other hosts, but can only manage adapters in one host at a time. No reboots were required for Emulex HBA firmware updates.


Tuesday, August 20, 5: We could find no equivalent function in the Brocade adapter. File Services and Storage.

This process can be initiated from the local host or remote hosts. I’m looking for the same information. Tuesday, February 22, Brocade HCM can be installed on a host that does not have Brocade Smulex installed, and it can manage remote hosts by adding the remote hosts as described previously.

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A management mode selection has three settings that restrict or expand the management scope. The Emulex HBAs are widely available through many retail channels and are available through all the major server and storage vendors emylex part of a bundled SAN solution. Because there are few, if any disk storage subsystems with 8 Gbps ports at the time these tests were conducted, this type of configuration, using 8 Gbps HBA ports and 4 Gbps storage ports, is likely to be a common scenario.

Both have basic loopback tests and ping tests and log the number of tests and the test results.

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For example for one LUN I have 4 possible paths to pick from in a Failover only policy but the path’s indentifying information is not adequate to properly identify the real hardware path. The current Brocade HBA products are much more limited with respect to industry support. HBA operating environment support includes the drivers required for that operating environment and the management software application including graphical user interface GUI and command-line CLI versions.

The Brocade and HBAs are currently available emuled retail channels only. Each product takes a different approach to many of the day-to-day HBA administrative tasks. Server virtualization has created the need for virtual Fibre Channel ports that can be associated with virtual hosts. This allows for failover in the event of a failure along one path and can provide for load balancing across multiple paths.


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A total of four 8 Gbps HBAs from each company were tested, one in each of the four servers. Emulex currently claims more than ten million hours of field mean time between failures MTBF for its HBA family, based on field reliability data. The firmware is selected, and then HBAnyware provides a list of those HBAs anywhere in the visible fabric that can use that firmware.

The tests were also constructed to access the storage subsystem cache as much as possible and the physical disk drives as little as possible, in order to highlight the HBA performance. Both brands of HBA management software provide online, searchable help within the software.

When the Brocade HCM online help is on the screen, the user cannot toggle back and forth between the help screen and the main HCM interface. Emulex offers many HBAs in a wide variety of bus-types and form factors as shown in the table below. Each server has dual-processor, quad-core Intel Xeon E processors.