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Simplified network and storage server connectivity: Introducing New Network Adapters

We continue to see Enterprise and data center environments grow exponentially.  To support the increased demand for greater compute and network scalability, users are leveraging the industry’s latest server architectures such as HP’s Gen8 ProLiant family as well as scalable technologies, such as server virtualization.  This in turn is putting increased pressure on server I/O.  In response, HP is introducing new Network Adapters that offers the industry’s highest performing Ethernet only and Ethernet, FCoE and iSCSI connectivity.  These new adapters not only align the network performance with the Gen8 high-performance CPUs, but actually offload the CPUs from protocol processing, freeing up server processing cycles for applications requiring greater processing headroom.

 

The resulting data demand of todays and tomorrow’s data center has exceeded traditional 1Gb/s throughput capabilities and server I/O requirements.  With the introduction of our  new 10Gb adapters we will be able to help customers overcome these protocol and bandwidth limitations.

 

Introducing the HP 526FLR-SFP+, a dual port Converged Network Adapter (CNA) for HP DL and SL ProLiant servers

 

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HP 526FLR-SFP+ Adapter

 

The HP 526FLR-SFP+ addresses the demanding needs of the next-generation data center by combining concurrent functionality of a NIC (Ethernet), iSCSI, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet onto a single converged network adapter reducing the number of adapters and cables and reducing  acquisition and operational costs

 

Customers will also now be able to use a single CNA to connect servers to storage and networks and reduce costs by requiring fewer adapters, cabling and ports.  Administrators now have only one connection to manage reducing management and deployment complexity.

 

HP 526FLR-SFP+ dual port FlexFabric adapter differentiators

 

  •          A FlexibleLOM adapter that provides single wire connectivity for NIC, iSCSI and FCoE protocols
  •          Ability to set Quality of Service (QoS) for each protocol (NIC, iSCSI and FCoE) and deploy different protocols enabled per port
  •          Ability to provide concurrent NIC, iSCSI and FCoE connectivity via a single firmware and driver set.  No need to change drivers or firmware to leverage all three protocol functions. 

 

 

Also introducing the HP Ethernet 10 Gb 2-port 561T/FLR-T Adapters for HP DL, ML and SL ProLiant servers

 

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                   The HP 561FLR-T adapter                                                                           The HP 561T Adapter

 

The HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 561T/FLR-T Adapters are dual-port 10GBASE-T adapters, featuring the Intel X540 Controller 10 Gb Ethernet solution from Intel in Stand-up and FlexibleLOM form factor (respectively); designed for HP ProLiant Gen8 DL rack, ML tower and scalable servers, delivering full line-rate performance across all ports with low power consumption and utilizing CAT 6A UTP cabling with distances up to 100 meters that will reduce data center cabling costs.

 

The HP 561T/FLR-T adapters enable connections with standard CAT6 cabling or better. The HP 561T/FLR-T support high performance networking features such as VLAN tagging, Low latency interrupts, TCP and UDP checksum offloading, MSI-X, NIC teaming (bonding), Receive Side Scaling (RSS), Wake-On-LAN (WOL), jumbo frames, PXE boot. These adapters support  virtualization features including  VMDq and SR-IOV.

 

The HP 561T/FLR-T dual port adapter differentiators

 

  •          10GBase-T technology, utilizes less hardware and cabling, supporting up to 100m with CAT 6A or better cabling.
  •           Intel Virtualization Technology for Connectivity (VT-c) with VMDq and SR-IOV supports VMware NetQueue and Microsoft VMQ  helping to meet the performance demands of consolidated virtual workloads
  •           New Intel® Data Direct I/O technologies reduces system power, increases I/O performance and reduces I/O latency.

 

HP is now a leader in the 10GBase-T Ethernet market place with the HP 561T/FLR-T addressing the demanding needs of the next-generation data centers by allowing businesses to take advantage of their valuable PCI-e slots and maximize I/O performance with unmatched features for virtualization, scalability to match the workload capabilities in the HP ProLiant Gen8 server platforms, and with proven and reliable Ethernet adapter performance HP customers have come to expect.

 

 

Don’t delay.  They are now orderable and available!

To learn more about the HP ProLiant Networking adapters click here  
and download the
Quickspecs here

Get more information on the HP ProLiant Gen8 servers here

 

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