Neterion's X3110 10 Gigabit Ethernet server adapter is designed to relieve the bottleneck in virtualized data centers caused by networking technology that has not kept pace with processor and hypervisor advancements. Neterion's adapter takes tasks off the hypervisor and enables administrators to move unused bandwidth between virtual machines, guaranteeing that virtualized systems will meet SLAs. It also lets those systems to view the X3110 adapter as 17 independent Ethernet adapters.
Neterion is rolling out the next generation of its I/O virtualization technology.
Neterion March 30 unveiled its X3110 10 Gigabit Ethernet
server adapter, designed to make virtualized data center environments
perform better and be more efficient, according to company CTO Greg
The goal of Neterion's adapter is to relieve the bottleneck that
networking devices have become in the virtualized data center, Scherer
"The virtualized server market is extremely high growth," he said.
"While it's growing rapidly, the I/O is not really keeping up with that
The growth of the data center virtualization market has been fueled
by advancements in hypervisor technology by such vendors as VMware,
Microsoft and Citrix, and by the rise of multicore processors. More
virtual machines on physical servers, more consolidated workloads and
such network-intensive applications as databases and mail servers is
putting more pressure on I/O technologies, Scherer said.
Features in the X3110 10 GbE server adapter enable I/O to catch up
with the hypervisor and multicore technologies in virtualized
environments, he said.
The integrated Hypervisor Offload technology, which supports the
emerging Virtual Ethernet Bridge standard, takes the Ethernet switching
overhead off the hypervisor and onto the adapter. The hypervisor no
longer needs to worry about such tasks as VLAN tagging and untagging or
handling communications between virtual machines, which enables it to
use more resources on applications, Scherer said.
The hardware-based I/O Quality of Service technology enables IT
administrators to manage each virtualized I/O workload independently
and to borrow unused bandwidth from one VM for another. This lets
administrators to meet Service Level Agreements of enterprise
applications, he said.
The adapter's Virtual Link Technology lets a system to view a single
X3110 10 GbE adapter as up to 17 independent Ethernet adapters and map
these adapters directly to the virtual machine, which takes that burden
off the hypervisor.
Neterion is releasing the adapter in a single-port 850nm SR Optical
mode and single-port Direct Attach twinax copper mode. Both are
available immediately starting at $899.
Dual-port versions of the adapter will be available in the second half of 2009.