Ethernet NICs Advance And Fortify HyperConverged Infrastructure

Cavium’s family of FastLinQ 10/25GbE Ethernet NICs power HyperConverged Infrastructure (HCI) devices address the networking demands imposed by topologies like Microsoft Windows Storage Spaces Direct, VMware vSAN, and HPE SimpliVity. Enabling linear scalability and predictable performance, the FastLinQ 10/25GbE family provides a flexible architecture and scalable high performance that’s viable for accelerating HyperConverged infrastructure solutions.


In the era of hybrid cloud and DevOps, IT departments are under tremendous pressure to move faster and be more agile. Traditional architectures driven by complex manual processes and non-integrated infrastructures cannot deliver the power, simplicity, and velocity that is necessary to meet the demands of the modern enterprise. HyperConverged infrastructure systems provide a simple, efficient, software-defined platform that combines networking and storage along with powerful orchestration software delivering the agility and economics of cloud for on-premises infrastructure. HyperConverged infrastructure systems empower IT to reduce cost and complexity while delivering service agility. Ethernet forms the networking backbone connecting HCI systems together and networking requirements can grow exponentially as these systems scale. The success of HyperConverged Infrastructures requires a resilient and scalable network architecture built on high-speed Ethernet NICs that ensure consistent performance and availability.

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FastLinQ Ethernet technology provides:

  • Enterprise Features – A broad spectrum of Ethernet speeds ranging from 10GbE to 100GbE to host the most demanding enterprise, telco and cloud applications leveraging HyperConverged architectures. Cavium SmartAN technology enables adaptive link controls for seamless zero-touch interoperability with industry wide 25GbE switches and cables. Extensive and robust support of a broad variety of hypervisors like VMware ESXi, Windows Server Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and KVM for seamless integration on diverse HyperConverged platforms.
  • Acceleration and Scalability for HCI – Industry's only network adapter that delivers the ultimate choice and investment protection with concurrent support for RoCE, RoCEv2 and iWARP. Acceleration for Network Virtualization by offloading protocol processing for VxLAN, NVGRE, GRE and GENEVE enables customers to build and scale virtualized networks without impacting network performance.
  • Storage Acceleration - Concurrent protocol offload for NVMe-oF, NVMe-Direct, SMB Direct, iSER, iSCSI and FCoE delivers up to 5M IOPS while consuming the fewer server CPU cycles, leaving headroom for virtual applications and higher RoI on server investments with seamless upgrade paths of next-generation storage connectivity.
  • Industry's Most Comprehensive Network Adapter portfolio – Cavium offers the broadest set of Ethernet networking adapters – FastLinQ® Standard Ethernet adapters, Converged Networking adapters and LiquidIO SmartNICs that cover the entire spectrum of customer Ethernet connectivity and offload requirements. 

Need more data? Then take a closer look at the FastLinQ Series.

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