Press Release

Broadcom Introduces New Server Network Virtualization Acceleration Technology for VXLAN Cloud-Scale Networks

Industry's Most Complete End-to-End Platform Solution Improves Server Performance by More than 55 Percent(1)

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

News Highlights:

  • Most complete portfolio of controller and switch solutions for VXLAN cloud-scale networks
  • Delivers advanced functionality needed for large scale VXLAN multi-tenant network deployment
  • Enables enhanced scaling for large scale network deployment                            

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced its NetXtreme® II server network virtualization (NV) acceleration technology for VXLAN implementations, improving server performance by more than 55 percent. Together with Broadcom's new StrataXGS® Trident II Switch Series with Smart NV technology, Broadcom offers the industry's most complete end-to-end platform solution for VXLAN cloud-scale networks. Visit to learn more.

Virtualized cloud-scale networks with multiple tenants are growing at unprecedented rates while exceeding the limits of existing network architectures. VXLAN innovation addresses this need by decoupling the physical and logical address space through the creation of overlay networks. Broadcom has revolutionized the ability to scale multi-tenant networks with VXLAN, enabling logical, software-based networks that can be created on demand and increase the scale of virtual machines on the physical server while maintaining Quality of Service (QoS).

Through VMware's collaboration with Broadcom and other leading ecosystem vendors, VXLANs are expected to become the default standard for multi-tenant cloud-scale networks. With the industry's most complete portfolio of solutions optimized for VXLAN, Broadcom has broken through traditional silicon and software barriers to enable the fast, fat and flat virtualized network required for true scalability in next generation cloud-scale networks.

About the Broadcom NetXtreme Portfolio

Broadcom's NetXtreme Ethernet solutions improve virtualization by converging data and storage networks on a common 10GbE fabric. Broadcom NetXtreme Ethernet adapters deliver line rate throughput that is 37 percent faster than the nearest converged network adapter (CNA) competitor, together with full support of iSCSI and FCoE offload storage protocols, capable of delivering up to 1.5 million iSCSI input/output operations per second (IOPS), or 2.5 million FCoE IOPS with superior CPU efficiency2.


Broadcom's server network virtualization acceleration technology is now sampling. Broadcom NetXtreme II Ethernet solutions are currently shipping with multiple top tier OEM servers — including Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation, HP ProLiant Gen8, IBM, Cisco, NEC and Hitachi.

Broadcom will demonstrate its full line of solutions for VXLAN at VMworld® 2012, August 26 - 30 in San Francisco's Moscone Center, booth #2107.

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Allwyn Sequeira, Vice President and CTO, Networking and Security, VMware

"With broad support by companies such as Broadcom, we are pleased to see organizations use VXLAN-based solutions to take advantage of new levels of data center automation, agility, and efficiency. The end-to-end solutions that Broadcom is offering with both controller and switch support for VXLAN creates great value for cloud operators deploying virtualized multi-tenant networks."

Brian Payne, Executive Director, PowerEdge Servers, Dell

"As a long-standing technology partner, Dell is collaborating with Broadcom on support for VXLAN environments to enable breakthrough scalability for customers who need it. Dell is meeting the challenges customers face in architecting and deploying next generation and virtualized data centers with the support of technologies like Broadcom's new server network virtualization acceleration technology."

McLeod Glass, Director of Mainstream Systems Marketing, Industry Standards Servers, HP

"Data center managers leveraging VXLAN technology are seeking to lower CAPEX costs while increasing network performance for cloud computing. Combining Broadcom NetXtreme II controllers with HP ProLiant Gen8 servers enable customers to lower costs by leveraging their existing resources more efficiently through increased scalability and network performance."

Rohit Mehra, Director of Enterprise Communications Infrastructure, IDC

"The deployment of flexible networking solutions and architectures such as VXLAN is expected to accelerate the adoption of multi-tenant cloud solutions. Broadcom's collaboration with other ecosystem partners to draft and standardize the VXLAN specification, as well as their investment in new technologies to accelerate the performance of VXLAN implementations demonstrates their strong commitment to the cloud market."

Vinod Lakhani, General Manager, High Speed Controllers, Broadcom Corporation

"Through our collaboration with VMware and other partners, we were provided with the unique opportunity to co-author and standardize VXLAN implementation and leverage this knowledge to enhance innovation throughout our portfolio. Cloud and enterprise IT architects can now leverage the combination of VXLAN and Broadcom's complete portfolio of NetXtreme controllers and StrataXGS switch technologies to increase performance and reduce total cost of ownership."

1 Based on Broadcom independent testing of Server NV Acceleration technology on VXLAN
2 Demartek Performance Report 
NetXtreme Enterprise Adapters Feature Page  
NetXtreme Ethernet Solutions for Dell 
NetXtreme Ethernet Solutions for HP 
ESG: Broadcom Delivers NetXtreme Performance

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting everything®.  For more information, go to

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