Provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise and cloud data centres, Cavium, has announced the FastLinQ 41000 series, its low power, second generation of 10/25/40/50GbE NIC and NIC adapter with Universal RDMA, which it claims makes it the industry's most advanced 10/25/40/50Gbps Ethernet NIC Family. The cost and power optimised FastLinQ 41000 series deliver advanced networking for cloud and telco architectures.
FastLinQ 41000 series NICs are available immediately from Cavium and will soon be available from leading Tier-1 OEMs and ODMs worldwide in standard, mezzanine, LOM and OCP form factors.
The unprecedented growth in demand for bandwidth is driving data centre networks to be scalable and offer on-demand bandwidth provisioning and application agility. Data centres are expanding at a rapid pace as is the virtualisation and container density for compute, driving the need for higher bandwidth between the server and switches. 25GbE, a new standard in networking, leverages the maximum potential of Multi-core processors, NVMe flash storage and cloud architectures to deliver 2.5 times the performance, reducing the power and cost per gigabit significantly. Although the cost, power and performance benefits of 25Gbps Ethernet technology are undisputed, enterprise and cloud data centres investing in 25GbE also require a flexible and highly interoperable solution.
This can be a challenge considering the mix of pre-standard and standard-based 25GbE products in the market. In addition, the recent spurs in malware-led intrusion and data theft are driving private and public cloud networks to ensure that only trusted and validated software components get deployed. Enterprise and cloud data centres also have differing requirements driven by infrastructure and application workloads for latency and congestion management, so flexibility of the networking solution is key. Cavium FastLinQ 41000 series family effectively addresses these challenges while delivering a flexible and future proof networking solution.
The FastLinQ QL41000 family is the second generation of standards compliant 25/50GbE NICs and the industry’s only NIC adapter family that delivers customers the technology choice and investment protection with support for concurrent RoCE, RoCEv2 and iWARP – Universal RDMA. The FastLinQ adapters coupled with leading server and networking platforms enable enterprise data centres to optimise their infrastructure costs and increase virtual machine density by leveraging built-in technologies like concurrent SR-IOV and NIC Partitioning (NPAR) that deliver acceleration and QoS for tenant workloads and infrastructure traffic.
Additionally, the FastLinQ adapters provide full Network Function Virtualisation with excellent small packet performance with integration into DPDK and OpenStack enabling Cloud and Telcos/NFV customers to seamlessly deploy, manage and accelerate the most demanding artificial intelligence, Big Data, CDN and Machine Learning workloads. Storage Acceleration and offloads like NVMe-oF, NVMe-Direct, iSCSI, iSER and FCoE built into the FastLinQ QL41000 enable seamless upgrade paths from existing storage paradigms to next-gen NVMe and persistent memory semantics. Enabling zero-touch automatic speed and FEC selection, Cavium FastLinQ SmartAN technology virtually eliminates interoperability challenges in physical layer networks.
“The addition of FastLinQ 41000 series of highly optimised 10/25/40/50GbE NICs to Cavium’s broad Ethernet NIC portfolio enables Cavium to meet and exceed the requirements of the most demanding enterprise, telco and cloud applications and deliver scalability to drive business growth,” said Rajneesh Gaur, Vice President and General Manager of Ethernet Adapter Group, Cavium. “FastLinQ 41000 series provides a highly differentiated solution by delivering flexibility in choice of RDMA and seamless interoperability with a broad ecosystem of Ethernet switching and server solutions using SmartAN technology.”
Purpose-built for accelerating and simplifying data centre networking, Cavium FastLinQ 41000 series Ethernet technology delivers: