The Brocade 1020 (dual port) Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) integrate 10 Gbps Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) functionality with Fiber Channel technology - enabling transport over a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connection through the Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols, providing best-in-class LAN connectivity and I/O consolidation to help reduce cost and complexity in data center environments.
Brocade DCFM enables organizations to simultaneously monitor and manage multiple CNAs - along with Brocade HBAs, switches, directors, and backbones - from a single, centralized location. By leveraging Brocade DCFM, organizations can apply a holistic approach to data center management in both physical and virtual environments.
The explosive growth of server virtualization and high-bandwidth applications, such as video-on-demand and High Performance Computing (HPC), are leading to increased performance demands, making 10 Gbps connectivity a key requirement. Recent advances in server technology, including Intel Nehalem processors, now enable servers to run more workloads, increasing consolidation and virtualization ratios. With more VMs deployed per server, network bandwidth and storage I/O requirements are higher than ever before.
Optimized for virtual environments
Brocade CNAs support N Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) with up to 255 virtual ports, and are qualified with all major hypervisor solutions in the industry. Leveraging NPIV technology, organizations can extend Brocade fabric services to the server and all the way to the VM and application level.