The newly released Neterion X3100 Series adapters enable multiple guest operating systems of a virtual server environment to share one physical adapter through the use of physically separate I/O channels.
The X3100 offers 17 independent hardware I/O paths directly in silicon, each with independent reset and control that can be matched to a 16-core CPU virtualized server with one extra path for management.
Neterion's president and CEO, Dave Zabrowski, says having true independent I/O paths directly in silicon overcomes the severe manageability limitations of other firmware-based implementations of I/O paths, which can't perform true I/O virtualization. Neterion's silicon-based architecture, he says, enables applications on virtual machines to deliver Quality of Service (QoS) with dynamic allocation of I/O bandwidth that can instantly increase to full 10Gbps throughput when required.
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