Solarflare Unveils Ultra-Low Latency 40GbE Server I/O Adapter for High-Bandwidth Applications

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Solarflare, a provider of application-intelligent networking I/O software and hardware that accelerate, monitor and secure network data, has announced the general availability of the Solarflare Flareon Ultra SFN7142Q dual-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) server adapter. The new solution provides IT managers and network architects the technology to deliver dedicated and predictable 40GbE performance.

The Flareon Ultra SFN7142Q would deliver ultra-low latency in large part by utilizing OpenOnload application acceleration middleware to bypass kernel and networking overheads. Plus, by employing AppFlex technology, multiple network services can be selectively delivered and controlled at the server adapter to accelerate, monitor, and secure network data

In addition to OpenOnload enablement, optional AppFlex licenses can be ordered for the SFN7142Q, including packet capture and filtering, network monitoring, and precision time synchronization (IEEE 1588 PTP) with hardware time stamping.

Commercial banks

40gbe-adapter“Many of our customers see the positive impact 40GbE can have on network performance and productivity and are ready now to make the jump,” said Mike Smith, vice president and general manager of host solutions at Solarflare. “Others, such as major commercial banks, are proactively deploying 40GbE technology, essentially ‘future proofing’ their network infrastructure.”

Flareon Ultra SFN7142Q supports the PCIe 3.0 server interface. The solution would deliver the performance and intelligence to meet escalating requirements of applications in cloud hosting environments, virtualized data centers, Web 2.0, content delivery networks (CDNs), big data, storage, high-performance computing and financial services.

The SFN7142Q delivers several hardware acceleration and ultra-low latency features that optimize packet delivery – including UDP multicast replication, integrated layer 2-4 switching and software defined flow steering capabilities, TCP segmentation offload (TSO, LRO) and optimized packet transfer modes.

Hypervisor environments

The solution features both dual-port 40GbE QSFP+ or quad-port 10GbE SFP+ operation, along with drivers for popular operating systems and hypervisor environments, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Open Stack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, VMware ESXi, as well as Microsoft Windows and Hyper-V Server.

With over 1,000 customers worldwide, Solarflare‘s solutions are widely used in scale-out server environments such as electronic trading, high performance computing, cloud, virtualization and big data. The company’s products are available from distributors and value-added resellers, as well as from Dell, HP and IBM. Solarflare is headquartered in Irvine, California, and operates R&D facilities in Cambridge, UK and New Delhi, India.