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Move data faster with Intel’s newest Ethernet adapter

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by Peter Krass on 08/26/2020
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

To keep up with the huge increase in data-center network traffic, you’ve simply got to move the data faster.

Over the last 4 years, global data-centric network traffic has grown on average by 25% a year. And connectivity is becoming the biggest bottleneck. That’s why IT departments are moving to faster and faster networks.

We’re now seeing the shift from 10Gbps Ethernet server connectivity to 25Gbps. In fact, this year sales of 25Gbps gear are expected to surpass those of 10GbE gear. That’s a big market opportunity for the channel, in part because the average selling price (ASP) for 25GbE is higher than 10GbE. It’s also a way to help your customers get more out of their servers — and more into them, too.

Speed isn’t the only requirement. There’s also flexibility. In the context of networking, this means the ability to adjust both the number of ports and each port’s speed, all without having to change a cable. What in the past looked like 1 adapter to the OS can now look like 4 or even 8.

That’s important, because more data volume is only part of the story. There are also multiple applications contending for network bandwidth, the need to maintain high-performance storage, and the evolution of network-tunneling protocols.

The Intel solution

Intel’s latest Ethernet products, the company’s 800 Series, are designed to deliver both the speed and flexibility your data-center customers need.

Intel certainly knows the networking business. It’s offered Ethernet gear since 1982. Over those nearly 40 years, the company has shipped some 1.4 billion Ethernet ports.

Today’s Intel Ethernet Network Adapter E810 can help you bring your customers all the way up to 100 Gbps. This adapter delivers intelligence and programmability to today’s changing network landscape.

One important feature of the 100GbE Intel Ethernet Network Adapter E810-CQDA2 is the Ethernet Port Configuration Tool (EPCT). It’s included as a standard feature. Essentially, EPCT lets users reconfigure an adapter in software, easily and quickly. This creates flexible configurations with a maximum throughput of 100 Gbps.

EPCT can be used reconfigure ports. So a customer could configure 2 ports of 50 GbE. Or 4 ports of 25GbE. Or 8 ports of 10GbE.

And they could do this without having to open the server, and with fewer cables. That can improve airflow while also reducing cable sprawl. As shown below, think of all the PCIe slots you can conserve for other functions in the server.

Cable sprawl reduced

Intel Ethernet adapter: Reducing cable sprawl in a server near you

The Intel Ethernet Network Adapter E810 also offers features for both cloud and communications workloads.

Cloud features include Application Device Queues (ADQ), which uses traffic-steering tech. Rather than mixing application types, ADQ isolates data traffic in dedicated sets of network queues to dramatically improve predictability, latency and throughput.

Another cloud feature of this Intel network adapter is Dynamic Device Personalization (DDP). It enhances packet classification capabilities to deliver an up to 3x improvement for some cloud workloads.

On the communications front, features on the Intel network adapter include an enhanced Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) to help speed packet processing.

Another communications feature is support for the IEEE 1588v2 Precision Time Protocol. This enables precise clock synchronization across 5G RAN (radio access network) deployments.

Your customers need speed and flexibility for their changing networks. They’ll get both with the Intel Ethernet Network Adapter E810 series.

Check them out today:

> Intel Ethernet technology

> Intel Ethernet Network Adapter E810 product brief

 

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