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OEMs integrating latest Intel Ethernet adapters into servers

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by Peter Krass on 05/18/2021
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

Leading OEMs are now shipping the latest Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters integrated into their branded servers. For your data-center customers, that makes buying the latest Intel technology easier than ever.

The latest Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters are compatible with the 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor platforms. That brings all of the Intel Ethernet 800 Series feature set to Intel’s new server CPU platform.

Among the most important capabilities is support for the latest PCIe 4.0 interface. The Intel adapters have supported PCIe 4.0 since their introduction, and the latest 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable platforms are the company’s first to do so, as well. What’s more, these adapters are also compatible with previous-generation servers based on Intel Xeon platforms.

First up: HPE

HPE is the first major OEM to ship and integrate the Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters into their servers from their factory. The company has branded the adapter the HPE Gen10 Plus Ethernet Adapters. HPE says the Intel networking device is compatible with its HPE Gen10 Plus servers, which are powered by 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

In addition, Intel says other major OEMs—including Dell, Cisco and Lenovo—will offer the Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters for their servers soon.

The functionality of these various versions will be nearly identical, with the main difference being their firmware. That also means the adapters are customized for each OEM. For example, an HPE adapter will integrate with its integrated lights-out (iLO) management agent. If, instead, your customer wants a server from Lenovo, they’ll also need Lenovo’s version of the Ethernet adapter. For customers that want the same adapter firmware across all of their servers, the Intel-branded version of the adapter is also available through the authorized Intel distributors.

3 hero features

You may be aware that this line of Intel Ethernet adapters supports networking speeds up to 200 Gbps per slot. That’s enough to handle your data-center customers’ most demanding cloud, communications and storage workloads.

Also, with its Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters, Intel has added 3 important networking features:

> ADQ: Application Device Queue technology, built into the Intel Ethernet 800 Series, makes application response times up to 50% more predictable, reduces latency by up to 45%, and dramatically improves throughput. Intel says ADQ is especially helpful for cloud-based workloads.

> DDP: Dynamic Device Personalization enhances communications workloads by making packet processing more efficient and reducing CPU overhead.

> RDMA: Remote Memory Direct Access empowers servers to share data without involving their operating systems’ data buffers for high-throughput, low-latency networking. Intel implements RDMA supporting both the iWARP and RoCE 2 protocols.

Get ‘em while they’re hot

The Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters are still available in the channel, if your customers want to buy them separately. But having the adapter integrated into an OEM server makes buying them so much easier.

For your customers, this development gives them a single point of support, namely, their server OEMs.

Do you have data-center customers who could benefit from the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters technology? Check with your OEM server vendors for availability.

Get connected:

> HPE Gen10 Plus Ethernet adapter

> Intel Ethernet 800 Series adapters

> Intel adds Ethernet adapters to support 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors


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