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Emulex And Fusion-io Team To Deliver Fast I/O Caching And Connectivity SAN Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO and COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ORACLE OPENWORLD 2012 -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX) today announced that it is working with Fusion-io to deliver integrated, customized I/O caching and connectivity solutions for tier 1 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), significantly accelerating the performance of databases, data warehouses, heavily virtualized environments and private/hybrid clouds with improved throughput and application response time. The solution being demonstrated this week at Oracle OpenWorld consists of Emulex's newly announced LightPulse® LPe16000B series of 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), Fusion-io ioDrive2 PCIe-based flash memory connected to ION Data Accelerator software for caching and fast access to shared storage.

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"Enterprise workloads are becoming more demanding, data is proliferating and shared Fibre Channel-based storage remains the trusted connectivity protocol for storage area networks (SANs) and the primary backbone of the data center," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. "Emulex is partnering with flash memory providers such as Fusion-io to deliver integrated and differentiated I/O caching and connectivity solutions that complement our OEM customers' offerings for performance hungry applications including databases, warehouses, heavily virtualized environments and private/hybrid clouds."

Emulex's tenth generation LPe16000B 16GFC HBAs are the only adapters on the market that offer industry-leading 1.2 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) on a single port, 1 making them the fastest storage connectivity solution on the market. These LightPulse HBAs deliver unsurpassed performance along with reliability, manageability and data integrity that can't be matched, complementing the persistent, high capacity Fusion ioMemory platform, which leverages flash memory to significantly increase data center efficiency with enterprise grade performance, reliability, availability and manageability. The manageability and performance of the overall solution is enhanced with the use of Emulex OneCommand® Vision, a proactive performance management solution designed to optimize storage I/O resources within virtualized and cloud environments.  

"Emulex's dedication to providing fast storage connectivity solutions makes them a natural fit with Fusion-io, as we are both providing innovative solutions that disrupt the status quo and change the way data centers have been architected for decades," said Tyler Smith, Vice President of Alliances, Fusion-io. "By pairing Emulex technology with native ioMemory access to flash memory, customers can accelerate their applications and significantly reduce complex and expensive storage sprawl."

The joint I/O caching and connectivity solution is being demonstrated at Oracle OpenWorld this week in San Francisco in Fusion-io booth #1227. To learn more about this solution, attendees can also visit Emulex's booth #943.

1. Demartek Emulex LPe16000B 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA Evaluation, October 2012

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About Emulex 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.

Emulex Safe Harbor Statement"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical information, the statements set forth above include forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. Emulex wishes to caution readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include among others, intellectual property claims, with or without merit, that could result in costly litigation, cause product shipment delays, require Emulex to indemnify customers, or require Emulex to enter into royalty or licensing agreements, which may or may not be available. Furthermore, Emulex has in the past obtained, and may be required in the future to obtain, licenses of technology owned by other parties. Emulex cannot be certain that the necessary licenses will be available or that they can be obtained on commercially reasonable terms. If Emulex were to fail to obtain such royalty or licensing agreements in a timely manner and on reasonable terms, Emulex's business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially adversely affected. Ongoing lawsuits, such as the action brought by Broadcom Corporation ("Broadcom"), present inherent risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on Emulex's business, financial condition, or results of operations. Such potential risks include continuing expenses of litigation, risk of loss of patent rights and/or monetary damages, risk of injunction against the sale of products incorporating the technology in question, counterclaims, attorneys' fees, incremental costs associated with product or component redesigns, and diversion of management's attention from other business matters. With respect to the Broadcom litigation, such potential risks also include the availability of an adequate sunset period of time to make design changes, the ability to implement any design changes, the availability of customer resources to complete any re-qualification or re-testing that may be needed, the ability to maintain favorable working relationships with Emulex suppliers of serializer/deserializer (SerDes)  modules and the ability to obtain a settlement that does not put Emulex at a competitive disadvantage. In addition, the fact that the economy generally, and the technology and storage segments specifically, have been in a state of uncertainty makes it difficult to determine if past experience is a good guide to the future and makes it impossible to determine if markets will grow or shrink in the short term. The current economic downturn and the resulting disruptions in world credit and equity markets that are creating economic uncertainty for Emulex's customers and the storage networking market as a whole has, and could, continue to adversely affect Emulex's revenues and results of operations. Furthermore, the effect of any actual or potential unsolicited offers to acquire Emulex may have an adverse effect on Emulex's operations. As a result of these uncertainties, Emulex is unable to predict its future results with any accuracy. Other factors affecting these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: faster than anticipated decline in the storage networking market; slower than expected growth of the storage networking market or the failure of Emulex's Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers to successfully incorporate Emulex products into their systems; Emulex's dependence on a limited number of customers and the effects of the loss of, decrease in or delays of orders by any such customers, or the failure of such customers to make timely payments; the emergence of new or stronger competitors as a result of consolidation movements in the market; the timing and market acceptance of Emulex products or Emulex OEM customers' new or enhanced products; costs associated with entry into new areas of the storage technology market; the variability in the level of Emulex's backlog and the variable and seasonal procurement patterns of Emulex's customers; any inadequacy of Emulex's intellectual property protection and the costs of actual or potential third-party claims of infringement and any related indemnity obligations or adverse judgments; impairment charges, including but not limited to goodwill and intangible assets; changes in tax rates or legislation; the effects of acquisitions; the effects of terrorist activities; natural disasters, such as the earthquake and resulting tsunami off the coast of Japan in March 2011 and the significant flooding in various parts of Thailand in October 2011, and any resulting disruption in Emulex's supply chain or customer purchasing patterns or any other resulting economic or political instability; the highly competitive nature of the markets for Emulex products as well as pricing pressures that may result from such competitive conditions; the effects of changes in Emulex's business model to separately charge for software; the effect of rapid migration of customers towards newer, lower cost product platforms; possible transitions from board or box level to application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solutions for selected applications; a shift in unit product mix from higher-end to lower-end or mezzanine card products; a faster than anticipated decrease in the average unit selling prices or an increase in the manufactured cost of Emulex products; delays in product development; Emulex's reliance on third-party suppliers and subcontractors for components and assembly; Emulex's ability to attract and retain key technical personnel; Emulex's ability to benefit from research and development activities; Emulex's dependence on international sales and internationally produced products; changes in accounting standards; and the potential effects of global warming and any resulting regulatory changes on Emulex's business. These and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are also discussed in Emulex's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent filings on Forms 8-K, 10-K and 10-Q. Statements in this release are based on current expectations and, except as required by law, Emulex undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

Press Contact:

Katherine LaneDirector, Corporate Communications+1 714-885-3828 katherine.lane@emulex.com

Jolene BoninaPublic Relations Manager+1 714-885-3858 jolene.bonina@emulex.com

SOURCE Emulex Corporation

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