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Broadcom Unveils New Line of Scalable Ethernet Controllers for Cloud Data Centers

July 27, 2015

In an effort to reduce the footprint needed for wired and wireless communications in cloud data centers, Broadcom Corporation has rolled out a new line of scalable Ethernet controllers. The BCM57300 NetXtreme C-Series supports 10G/25G/40G/50G and comes in what Broadcom is touting as the lowest power and package solution of its kind.

Geared toward the burgeoning cloud data center market, the new product line offers bidirectional 50G throughput along with 30 Mpps performance. It supports the needs of cloud data centers by facilitating increased flow processing for support of higher VM density. With Infonetics forecasting that nearly half of all cloud service providers’ servers are virtualized, networking efficiencies are becoming a necessity. The number of VMs per server is also expected to double to 96 by 2018 requiring controllers to support the increased flow processing demanded by virtualization.

Features of the new NetXtreme C-Series include TruFlow technology for integrated flow processing, capable of doubling network throughput and offering a 50-percent increase in application performance. The new controllers may also be combined with the StrataXGS Tomahawk Ethernet Switch to form an end-to-end solution geared toward the needs of cloud data centers.

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"NetXtreme C-Series raises the bar for Ethernet controllers and enables a cost-effective path from 10G to 25G," said Rajiv Ramaswami, executive vice president and general manager, Infrastructure & Networking Group, Broadcom. "Pushing the 25/50G Ethernet specification, which Broadcom defined and co-founded as an industry standard, to the server endpoint solidifies Broadcom's end-to-end offering."

"Our cloud data centers are growing at a rapid pace," added Liu Tao, senior system architect at Broadcom customer Baidu Inc. "Provisioning flexibility and network performance are key factors for both bare metal and virtual cloud services. We see 25G connections to the server as a compelling upgrade cycle. It is also critical that next generation controllers find mechanisms to scale the management of the increasingly large number of servers in our data centers."

In addition to support for integrated and accelerated flow processing, the new controller line enables vSwitch acceleration, letting customers increase available CPU cycles for application processing. The technology also supports SDN, offering a huge number of benefits in terms of flexibility and scalability. Flow scalability is also enabled by distributing flow processing into server endpoints, allowing cloud data center to grow organically without an impact on network or application performance.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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