Intel® Unveils New Network Adapter That Opens The Door For The First Time To 10gbE Server Deployments In The Data Center
Cisco and Intel Fostering 10GbE in the Data Center
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 3, 2004 - Intel Corporation today introduced a 10-Gbps Ethernet (10GbE) adapter for servers that helps overcome for the first time the cost and technical barriers that have previously made 10GbE server connectivity impractical for the data center.
"In the higher layers of the enterprise network, 10 GbE has proven its value in the aggregation of traffic among switches and in high-performance computing applications," said Hans Geyer, Intel vice president and general manager, Intel Networking and Storage Group. "With a substantial reduction in cost and an adapter in a form factor that fits standard servers, it now promises to fill a similar rapidly growing need in the data center because the proliferation of GbE to the desktop and evermore network intensive applications are demanding more bandwidth."
According to analysts, making 10GbE server connectivity viable in the data center requires an adapter that is priced at less than $5,000* and operates on standard multimode fiber, which represents 90 percent of the optical cabling in data center networks.**
The new Intel® PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter is the first to meet both of these requirements. The server adapter utilizes XPAK optical technology to reduce the price over previous adapters by 40 percent, making it ideal for server bandwidth-intensive applications such as server clusters, network storage, medical imaging and graphic design.
The adapter is designed for server deployments, which, in data centers, involve distances of fewer than 300 meters. The XPAK optics enable 10 GbE connectivity over multimode fiber and their small-form-factor makes the adapter compatible with standard server slots, enabling denser server environments.
Intel has been working with equipment makers to provide interoperability with leading switches. In particular, the company has collaborated with Cisco Systems to offer 10GbE interoperability with Cisco Catalyst*** 6500 Series Switches which offer industry leading 10GbE price/performance capabilities to facilitate broad deployment of secure and scaleable 10GbE solutions. Additionally, Cisco and Intel have joined efforts to foster 10 GbE in the data center. Together, Cisco and Intel are collaborating on educational seminars, and product sampling programs to assist IT managers in deploying 10-GbE networks.
"As customers evolve to a networked data center, where resources are aggregated, shared and accessed over a scalable intelligent network foundation, the need for cost-effective 10GbE server connectivity will rise" said Christine Falsetti, director, Enterprise Solutions Marketing, Cisco Systems. "The Cisco Business Ready Data Center architecture further enhances IT's ability to lower costs and improve agility by supporting 10GbE over existing cabling."
The Intel® PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter is available now and costs $4,770. Later this summer, Intel will introduce a version for single-mode fiber, the Intel® PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter, for applications involving distances up to 10 kilometers, such as communications among regional data centers.
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* In-Stat/MDR, January 2004
** RHK, February 2004
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