Intel® ProSet Utility — provides point-and-click management of individual adapters, advanced adapter features, connection teaming, and virtual local area network (VLAN) configuration.
Intel® Virtual Machine Device Queues — dedicates data packets to different virtual machines routing to different queues helping to improve I/O throughput for fast, efficient networking.
SR-IOV— physical configuration of each port is divided into multiple virtual ports assigned to virtual machines-bypassing the virtual switch.
iSCSI Acceleration — Native iSCSI initiators integrated in the operating system simplifies iSCSI deployment and configuration while delivering outstanding iSCSI performance without special hardware or software.
iSCSI remote boot support in the OS allows Intel server adapters to attach directly to a target Logical Unit Number (LUN) using a single, easy to use method without the need for additional management servers.
Fiber Channel Over Ethernet (FCoE) — FCoE encapsulates Fiber Channel frames over standard Ethernet networks, enabling Fiber Channel to take advantage of 10 GbE networks while preserving its native protocol.
MSI-X support — helps minimize the overhead of interrupts and allows load balancing of interrupt handling between different cores/CPUs.
Intel® QuickData Technology — DMA Engine: enhances data acceleration across the platform (network, chipset, processor), thereby lowering processor usage; Direct Cache Access (DCA): enables the adapter to pre-fetch the data from memory, thereby avoiding cache misses and improving application response time.
The Intel® Ethernet X520 10 Gigabit Dual Port -x/k Mezzanine Card can be used with XAUI or KR capable blade switch or pass-through modules