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Intel server adapter revs transition to 10GbE

Posted: 18 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intel? ethernet adapter card? pro/10gbe sr?

Intel Corp. recently released a 10Gb Ethernet adapter card, which it claims will trigger the transition to 10GbE in the data center. Driven by the increasing number of PC applications and amount of data transmitted through the Internet, the company believes that its PRO/10GbE SR server adapter card is just the right solution to address the ever-increasing traffic and bandwidth problems of IT managers.

"The number of Internet clients continues to grow about 15 percent every year. In three years, there will be about 1.5 billion clients. Internet traffic between 2005 and 2007 is expected to quadruple," said Hans Geyer, VP and GM of Intel's storage and networking group. "All of the Internet traffic rely on the data center, and this is the driving force for the creation of the 10GbE card."

Previously, cost and other technical barriers have made 10GbE server connectivity impractical, "but with improvements in price, performance and form factor, Intel is poised to increase productivity in the data center," said Geyer.

According to analysts, making 10GbE server connectivity viable requires an adapter card that is priced below $5,000 and operates on standard multimode fiber.

Priced at $4,770, the new Intel solution supports multimode short range (SR), operating at a distance of 300m. A single-mode version for long range (LR), which covers a distance of 10km to 30km ideal for regional data centers, is slated for the second half of this year.

At $4,770, the price per bit for a 10Gb connection is lower than the price per bit of a 1Gb connection," Geyer said. "The cost reduction is 40 percent lower than legacy adapters."

Complete solution

Intel is partnering with switching market leader Cisco Systems in providing a complete solution for the data center. In the last two years, 10GbE has been largely available in the infrastructure side, with Cisco currently holding 60 percent market share in switches for 10GbE.

Since 1980, Intel has been a major player in the development of Ethernet. "What was missing, however, was the 10Gb servers in the data center. This is the hole which Intel is trying to fill with this product," Geyer said.

Intel and Cisco are conducting educational seminars and product sampling programs to assist IT managers evaluating 10GbE networks.

- Jerico Abila

Electronic Engineering Times - Asia

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