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Host bus boards work with Linux

Future versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 will support networking company Emulex's drivers...

Future versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 will support networking company Emulex's drivers for its host bus adapter (HBA) boards. 

Emulex is the first storage-related supplier to gain certification by both Red Hat and SUSE Linux. This latest move by the three companies is viewed by industry analysts as a push for standardisation of Linux and Emulex HBAs in IT environments.

The HBA technology preserves CPU power by helping I/O processes that can consume about half the processing capabilities of a system with small-block input. Emulex provides corporate support for large, high-speed transactions.

Deb Woods, Red Hat vice-president of product management, said, "The collaborative work Emulex has done in concert with the open source community is an example of how companies can successfully share valuable expertise and resources with the open source community to enhance the functionality of products in Enterprise Linux environments."

Written by LinuxWorld staff

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