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by Peter Krass on 08/07/2019
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

Intel’s Ethernet 800 Series is just around the corner. Introduced in April, this line of Ethernet controllers and adapters supports networking speeds of up to 100 Gbps. That’s enough to handle your data-center customers’ most demanding cloud, communications, storage and workloads.

Smart tech providers will see this as part of their customers’ overall server refresh. To be sure, refreshing servers is important. Many midsized customers have servers that are getting old. And Microsoft is soon ending support for older versions of both Windows Server and SQL Server.

But refreshing the network is important, too. If your customers are like many, they’re eager for faster networks.

Shipments of both 100 GbE and 25GbE data-center network switches more than doubled last year, according to Crehan Research. Also, shipments of 100GbE switch port shipments last year actually surpassed those for 40GbE. “We’re now solidly in the 100/25GbE era,” says the researcher’s president, Seamus Crehan.

Meet the challenge

The new Intel 800 Series — codenamed Columbiaville — aims to meet your customers’ challenges. It can also help you differentiate your tech-provider business to gain a market advantage.

The Intel 800 Series has built-in Application Device Queues (ADQ) tech to make application response times up to 50% more predictable, reduces latency by up to 45% and dramatically improves throughput. This is especially powerful for your customers’ cloud-based workloads.

Another important feature aboard the Intel 800 Series is Dynamic Device Personalization (DDP). It enhances communications workloads by making packet processing more efficient and reducing CPU overhead.

Also, the Intel 800 Series supports speeds from 1 Gbps to 100 Gbps on a single architecture. Port speeds can be configured with software to meet your customers’ specific needs. That can make subsequent upgrades a lot less painful. (More on this below.)

Evolutionary progress

The 800 Series is the latest in Intel’s line of Ethernet controllers.

The company’s earlier 500 Series, still shipping, offers a fixed pipeline and speeds of 10 Gbps. Next came the 700 Series, also still shipping, which offers a partially programmable pipeline and speeds of 1, 10, 25 or 40 Gbps.

Now the 800 Series takes this evolution one big step further. It adds a fully programmable pipeline, the already-mentioned ADQ, and speeds of up to 100 Gbps.

Speed flexibility

The first SKU in the Intel 800 Series is the Intel Ethernet Controller E810. It’s a general-purpose controller designed for broad deployments, as well.

It offers flexible physical interfaces based on 50G SerDes. It supports both PCIe v4.0 and leading operating systems. And its single architecture can span 1Gb to 100Gb Ethernet.

That last feature gives you and your customers a lot of flexibility. The E810’s port speeds can be configured via software, and you can configure the network adapter in any number of ways. For example, you could configure a single port into 4 ports at 25 Mbps, and the other 4 ports at 10 Mbps. Or almost any other set of variations on that theme.

What’s more, network appliances can be easily plugged into your customer’s existing infrastructure, no matter the speed. Just add the card to the appliance, and it’s good to go. Later, your customer can also upgrade the card for higher speeds. That’s flexible.

Learn more:

> Intel Ethernet 800 Series product preview 

> Application Device Queues (ADQ) solution brief

> Dynamic Device Personalization product brief



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