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3G Converged-NICs: A Platform for Server I/O to Converged Networks

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Executive Summary

Infrastructure consolidation is a key data center initiative because it simplifies operations and saves money. That's why IT organizations routinely standardize infrastructure to consolidate training, deployment, and management. This practice extends to host connectivity where standardizing on one type of hardware platform and one driver image is common for LAN, SAN, and High-Performance Computing (HPC) network adapters. In a recent survey of IT professionals with hands-on experience with host adapters, 38% said that all of their servers were configured with a standard 1-GbE NIC and driver image. Another 18% said that up to 75% of their servers were configured with a standard 1-GbE NIC image.

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