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Neterion, IBM Bring 10-Gbps Ethernet To xSeries

IBM will begin offering Neterion's 10-Gbps Ethernet adapter as an option for use with its xSeries systems built around the X3 architecture and chipset.

Neterion Inc. is teaming with IBM to bring the latest generation of high-speed networking technology to businesses by combining 10-Gbps Ethernet with x86-based server platforms.

IBM on Monday said it will begin offering Neterion's 10-Gbps Ethernet adapter as an option for use with its xSeries systems built around the X3 architecture and chipset. The use of 10-Gbps technology will let businesses double processing workloads in the datacenter compared with existing 1-Gbps platforms, says Dave Zabrowski, Neterion's president and chief executive.

"It's like the difference between hooking up a garden hose to a fire hydrant and a fire hose to the hydrant," Zabrowski says. "Enterprises will be able to generate that much more traffic into and out of their servers."

Tom Bradicich, chief technical officer for IBM's xSeries division, says combining 10-Gbps Ethernet capabilities with IBM's X3 chipset architecture "provides a very potent platform." The higher bandwidth will let users complete high-demand computational analysis faster, particularly in multi-server environments. It also will reduce demands on the server microprocessor, freeing it up for other tasks such as virtualization. It also will reduce the number of cables needed in a datacenter.

The move to 10-Gbps will be a "two-act play" that will be completed in similar fashion to the migration to 10/100 Mbps Ethernet six years ago and Gigabit Ethernet two years ago, Bradicich says. The 10-Gbps will be offered as an adapter card option initially, and eventually become embedded in server motherboards as a standard configuration.

The Neterion 10GbE adapter will be available with IBM's xSeries 366, 260, and 460 servers beginning Monday.

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