The Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 family with SFP+ connectivity delivers the most flexible and scalable Ethernet adapters for today’s demanding data center environments. The escalating deployments of multi-core processor-based servers and demanding applications such as server virtualization, high performance computing (HPC), unified storage deployments, and video-on-demand are driving the need for 10-gigabit connections. Customers require flexible and scalable I/O solutions to meet the rigorous requirements of these deployments.
Powered by Intel’s third-generation 10 GbE network controller, the Intel® Ethernet Controller 10 Gigabit 82599, the Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 server adapter family addresses the demanding needs of the next-generation data center by providing unmatched features for virtualization, flexibility for LAN and SAN networking, and proven, reliable performance.
To ensure maximum flexibility, Intel uniquely supports the ability to mix any combination of SFP+ optical modules, direct-attach copper cables, or 1000BASE-T SFP modules on the Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520. For instance, customers can remove the optical modules that come installed on the adapter and replace them with an Intel® Ethernet SFP+ Optic, an Intel® Ethernet SFP+ Twinaxial Cable, or a 1000BASE-T SFP module. Intel® Ethernet SFP+ Twinaxial Cables are ideal for short distances and offer a highly cost-effective way to connect within racks and across adjacent racks. The cables are available in three lengths: 1, 3, and 5 meters, enabling customers to create the configuration that best meets the needs of their data center environment.