Triple-speed 10GBASE-T Server Adapter Targets Virtualized Data Centers
Tue, 06/15/2010 - 11:35am
Solarflare Communications announced today its Solarstorm SFN5121T dual-port 10GBASE-T server adapter. Said to be less than half the power of competitive offerings (less than 6.5 W/ port in 100-m mode and 5.5 W/port in data center mode the SFN5121T is asserted to be the industry’s lowest-power 10GBASE-T network interface card (NIC). Designed to support hardware assisted virtualization, the NIC supports the emerging PCI SIG SR-IOV (single-root IO virtualization) standard, and accelerates guest applications in VMware, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper V environments. The SFN5121T includes many Ethernet energy efficiency features such as Dynamic Power Scaling, which enables shorter links to consume less power, as well as sleep and data center modes. With its hardware-assisted support for virtualization, the SFN5121T accelerates virtual IO for Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper V and VMware. It also supports 256 virtual functions and up to 2048 virtual machines.