VMware ESX 3.5 Includes Neterion Driver

Neterion's 10-Gigabit Ethernet driver included in VMware ESX 3.5

November 28, 2007

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CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Neterion, Inc., theindustry leader in 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) adapters and a VMwareTechnology Alliance Partner, announced that its Xframe(R) V-NIC(TM)10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters will have native support in the upcomingrelease of VMware's ESX 3.5 virtualized operating system.

Engineering teams from Neterion and VMware have worked closely tomutually optimize support of 10 GbE in ESX, now offering near-linerate 10 Gbps performance at parity with native Linux or Windowsoperating systems. This was demonstrated at VMworld in San Franciscowhen Neterion, IBM and VMware jointly ran virtualized machines at 10GbE speeds comparable to servers running single, non-virtualizedapplications. Many network intensive tasks, such as VMware's VMotion,require a large network pipe to allow the nearly instantaneousmigration of virtualized applications. As the datasets of theseapplications grow larger, Gigabit Ethernet will not be sufficient.Neterion's 10 GbE adapters remove this network bottleneck, enabling anew class of I/O-intensive applications to be virtualized.

"VMware ESX 3.5 is the breakout play for the 10 GbE industry as it isthe first major virtualization OS to support 10 GbE," noted DaveZabrowski, president & CEO of Neterion. "Neterion's native driver inESX 3.5, teamed with our Xframe V-NIC hardware, provides leading OEMsa substantial advantage in the race to deliver true virtualizedservers to their end users without the significant performancepenalty experienced with other solutions," Zabrowski continued."While today's announcement is the coming out party for 10 GbE invirtualized servers, the 10 GbE party is just getting started as wewill see increased industry support across multiple virtualizedplatforms for 10 GbE in the coming months."

Neterion Inc.

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