Networking hardware specialist Broadcom has unveiled a set of 1Gb and 10Gb networking cards and adaptors for HP and Dell server platforms based on Intel's Xeon E5 processors.
The company said that it would be offering the modules with both 1Gb and 10Gb options. The cards will also support HP's Flex-10 and Dell's Switch-Independent NIC network virtualisation technologies.
Broadcom said that upon the E5 platform's release, it will offer 10 adaptors for Dell servers and five for HP systems. The hardware will range from adaptors for blade servers to cards and modules for tower and rack-mount systems.
In addition to support for the Intel server platform, the Broadcom modules will offer features for better energy efficiency. By cycling down hardware when not in use, the cards will cut power consumption by up to 42 per cent compared to previous models.
Broadcom senior director Page Tagizad told V3 that the company is looking to target the full range of the business market by offering both 1Gb hardware for small businesses and 10Gb modules for larger enterprises.
"We see the migration happening in the larger datacentres, those with thew most traffic and bandwidth they need to deliver," he explained.
"We also see it in the cloud where they have a lot of data they need to move around."
The Broadcom modules are part of a larger rollout centring on Intel's newest line of Xeon "Romley" server chips. At launch, both HP and Dell have committed to shipping server hardware based on the platform.
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