The Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350 family builds on Intel's history of excellence in Ethernet products. Intel continues its market leadership with this generation of PCIe GbE network adapters. Built with the bridgeless Intel Ethernet Controller I350, these adapters represent the next step in the Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networking evolution for the enterprise and data center by introducing performance through enhancements for both virtualized and iSCSI Unified Networking environments. This family of adapters also includes power management technologies such as Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and DMA Coalescing (DMAC).
Intel I350 MLOM - Network adapter - Gigabit Ethernet x 4 - for UCS C3160 Rack Server
- Ethernet 10Base-T, Ethernet 100Base-TX, Ethernet 1000Base-T
Data Link Protocol:
- Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
- Cisco UCS C3160 Rack Server
- Flexible I/O virtualization
The Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350 family includes Intel Virtualization Technology for connectivity (Intel VT-c) to deliver I/O virtualization and Quality of Service (QoS) features designed directly into the controller on the adapter. I/O virtualization advances network connectivity models used in today's servers to more efficient models by providing Flexible Port Partitioning (FPP), multiple Rx/Tx queues, and oncontroller QoS functionality that can be used in both virtual and non-virtual server deployments.
- Scalable iSCSI performance
An Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350 with native iSCSI initiators provides a simple, dependable, cost-effective way to connect to iSCSI SANs. These native initiators are broadly tested using multiple generations of operating systems, storage systems, and OS tools to help ensure reliability and ease of use. Standardizing on Intel Ethernet Adapters for iSCSI enables administrators to use a single initiator, TCP/IP stack, and a common set of management tools and IT policies. In addition, Intel Ethernet Server Adapters include a number of hardware features designed to accelerate iSCSI traffic and enhance data processing. For example, TCP segmentation offload and checksum offload capabilities help reduce processor usage, increase throughput, and deliver exceptional iSCSI performance. Finally, using native OS initiators, an Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350 supports the CRC-32 digest instruction set included with Intel Xeon processor products, which improves transmission reliability and delivers an enterprise-class iSCSI solution.
- Power management technologies
Today, companies everywhere are looking for ways to decrease energy consumption across the enterprise to reduce costs and environmental impact, while at the same time solving increasingly important power density challenges. That's why Intel has introduced advanced Power Management Technologies (PMTs) with the Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350 family that enable enterprises to configure power options on the adapter and more effectively manage their power consumption.
- Energy Efficient Ethernet
The Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350 family supports the IEEE802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard so that, during periods of low network activity, EEE reduces the power consumption of an Ethernet connection by negotiating with a compliant EEE switch port to transition to a low power idle (LPI) state. This reduces the controller power to approximately 50% of its normal operating power, saving power on the network port and the switch port. As soon as increased network traffic is detected, the controller and the switch quickly come back to full power to handle the increased network traffic.
- DMA coalescing
Another power management technology that can reduce power on the server platform is DMA Coalescing (DMAC). Typically, when a packet arrives at a server, DMA calls are made to transfer the packet within the server. These calls wake up the processor, memory and other system components from a lower power state in order to perform the tasks required to handle the incoming packet.
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