HP will resell NetXen's latest 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters in its new ProLiant servers, which are powered by Intel's Xeon 5500 series chips, code-named Nehalem EP. HP also will integrate NetXen's NX3031 NICs into its ProLiant ML370 G6 tower system. NetXen's NIC offers interfaces for both Gigabit Ethernet and 10G Ethernet networks, which means customers can run their current Gigabit Ethernet networks while planning a migration to 10 Gig networks. Business interest in 10G Ethernet networks is growing along with the use of virtualization in data centers.
is expanding the use of NetXen
networking technology in its
industry-standard ProLiant servers.
HP is now reselling NetXen's latest 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters as stand-alone
products for use with its ProLiant systems, and also integrating them into its
new ProLiant ML370 G6 two-socket tower servers, NetXen announced April 14.
The G6 servers are the latest systems powered by Intel's Xeon 5500 series
chips, aka "Nehalem EP."
NetXen's NX3031 intelligent NICs (network interface cards) have two 10
Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and the company's
networking architecture. HP will sell the NetXen product as the HP NC522SFP
Dual Port 10GbE Server Adapter.
Trends such as the increased use of virtualization, data center
consolidation projects and dense server form factors-all of which require
faster, higher-capacity and more reliable data networks-are contributing to a
push by enterprises to adopt 10G Ethernet networking technology.
In March, research companies Infonetics Research and Dell'Oro Group both
reported that while the overall Ethernet switch market is getting hit hard by
the recession, sales are shifting more toward the higher-priced 10G Ethernet
products. Dell'Oro Group said 10G Ethernet will be the only segment of the
market that will see growth in the first part of 2009.
here to read more about the Ethernet switch market in 2009.
HP officials said the combination of HP servers and NetXen networking
products will improve network connectivity and ramp up data center performance.
"Customers are searching for cost-effective, simple solutions to
accelerate business growth and improve data center scalability," John
Gromala, director of product marketing for HP's Industry Standard Server group,
said in a statement.
NetXen officials said their products enable users to buy one product that will
work both for the networks they have in place today and for the ones they're
"The flexibility of our third-generation NIC products to deliver both 1
and 10 Gigabit Ethernet in a single devices provides the industry with an easy,
affordable and flexible migration path," Govind Kizhepat, NetXen's founder
and CEO, said in a statement.