In addition, the microprocessor features Intel's virtual machine device queues technology that handles the sorting of data among software run virtual machines. By offloading this sorting function to the adapter rather than a virtual machine monitor, the company claims that data can be moved more quickly. The 10 Gbit AT Server Adapter, which is scheduled to ship at the end of the month, costs $999. Dell plans to use the new adapter in upcoming models of its PowerConnect Ethernet switch.
Many companies are deploying bandwidth intensive applications, such as video transmissions, business analytics, and multimedia. As these applications gain traction, network bottlenecks arise, often among data center devices. The new Intel adapter is designed to help companies address such shortcomings. One limitation is the deviceï¿¼s price: $1,000 is a bit much for many small and medium businesses to spend on higher speed data center connections. Intel as well as other chip suppliers need to work on lowering their manufacturing costs and driving up volume of such chips before they will become more attractive to mid-sized enterprises.
What type of network connections do you have now in your data center? Are any bottlenecks emerging? How much are you willing to pay for a 10G bps adapter?