Enterprise Adapters

Introducing Next-Generation NetXtreme Ethernet Solutions for Dell, HP and IBM Servers:

Enabling Maximized Performance, Efficiency and Scalability

Increasing demand for server virtualization, cloud computing, and I/O intensive applications is driving the need for greater processing capabilities in enterprise networks and data centers. According to a recent survey by IDC, top priorities for IT managers in 2012 will include increasing adoption of virtualization, improving system management and adding new servers. Broadcom's latest Ethernet adapter solutions are engineered to help IT managers meet these demands while leveraging features and benefits that are associated with new Xeon E5-based servers.

Optimized Performance

Broadcom's new line of NetXtreme II 10GbE Ethernet adapters deliver line rate throughput that is 37 percent faster than the nearest Converged Network Adapter (CNA) competitor. The 10GbE adapters also provide full support of iSCSI and FCoE offload storage protocols and are capable of delivering up to 1.5 million iSCSI Input/Output operations per second (IOPS), or 2.5 million FCoE IOPS with superior CPU efficiency, according to the June 2012 performance study from Demartek.

Broadcom's broad portfolio of 10GbE adapters also excel in standard IP networking performance. On small packet performance, so critical in transaction-based environments including banking and online retail systems, Broadcom's NetXtreme II adapters have demonstrated the ability to handle over 5.7 million frames per second, outpacing competitive adapters by a wide margin.

These adapters are optimized for virtualization by uniting data and storage networks on a common 10GbE fabric. By taking advantage of comprehensive network interface controller (NIC) partitioning, Broadcom's solutions allow servers to adapt to a broad range of bandwidth configurations that reduce power and cooling costs while minimizing overall system complexity.

Advanced Features

Broadcom's NetXtreme Ethernet adapters feature a highly integrated 40nm single-chip solution that combines the company's media access controllers (MACs) with its physical layer transceivers (PHYs). Engineered for use with Xeon E5-based servers, the adapters deliver full line-rate throughput across all ports. To support enterprise and data center efficiency and scalability requirements, the adapters offer advanced functionality such as comprehensive NIC partitioning and IEEE 1588 time synchronization. They also take advantage of Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), enabling lower power consumption (up to 42 percent less) for reduced IT operating costs.