AUSTIN, Texas -- NetEffect, Inc., the leader in 10Gb Ethernet connectivity solutions, today announced continued innovation through its work as part of the HP Solution Builder Program. The NetEffect NE020BSC, unveiled earlier this year as the first Type I fully accelerated 10Gb Ethernet mezzanine adapter for HP BladeSystem c-Class customers, is now available as a quad-port 1GbE adapter that is field upgradable to a dual-port 10Gb Ethernet adapter. This unique, first-of-its-kind solution leverages the benefits of NetEffects unique Virtual Pipeline Architecture to deliver instant performance improvements to existing 1GbE configurations and, when the data center is ready to migrate to 10Gb, to be instantly upgraded to deliver 10Gb wire speeds.
The NE020BSC can be installed as a quad-port 1GbE adapter during the initial c-Class blade deployment or to boost performance in existing 1GbE infrastructures. As the data center begins migration to 10Gb, some or all NE020BSC adapters can be upgraded to dual-port 10GbE adapters through a simple field update that requires no changes to adapter hardware; no new adapter purchase is necessary.
At 1Gb or 10Gb speeds, the NetEffect NE020BSC is the industrys lowest-power Ethernet adapter, using as little as 6.5 watts, less than half that of competing adapters. And like all NetEffect adapters, the NE020BSC uses a single software/firmware stack to simultaneously support networking, storage and clustering traffic through a single adapter. Data center administrators enjoy the ultimate flexibility and operational simplicity, knowing that one adapter can support all three types of network traffic and either 1Gb or 10Gb speeds.
The NE020BSC has the potential to transform HP BladeSystem c-Class customer data center operations as we know them today, said Rick Maule, CEO and president of NetEffect. Weve lowered the complexity and cost that have kept many data center administrators from upgrading to a 10Gb Ethernet infrastructure. Now, data centers can immediately boost 1Gb performance through the adapters state-of-the-art network offload technology and be assured of a straightforward migration path to 10Gb when the time is right. It doesnt get any simpler, more flexible or more affordable.