Improved TCO through I/O consolidationThe Brocade BR1741M-k CNA leverages DCB and FCoE technologies to help you consolidate 1/10 GbE NIC and Fibre Channel HBA mezzanine cards into a single adapter and to transport both TCP/IP and storage (iSCSI/FC) traffic over a common link.
DCB is a new set of standards that is designed to enhance the widely adopted Ethernet protocol to deliver a low-latency, lossless and deterministic network infrastructure for storage and other highly demanding traffic types. FCoE encapsulates Fibre Channel frames and transmits them over this enhanced Ethernet infrastructure while preserving the Fibre Channel constructs and management paradigm.
This I/O consolidation helps dramatically reduce blade server deployment costs as well as power and cooling requirements, delivering best-in-class connectivity while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).
Unmatched performanceWith the recent advances in server technology, servers are capable of running more workloads than ever. This drives higher consolidation and virtualization ratios and unprecedented I/O requirements.
The Brocade BR1741M-k CNA is a full-featured 10GbE NIC delivering full 10 Gbps line-rate performance on both ports. It provides industry-standard stateless networking offloads, such as TCP checksum and segmentation offloads, to improve performance and reduce CPU loads, enabling them to dedicate more resources to application processing.
In addition, the Brocade CNA delivers full hardware-based FCoE offload to provide superior performance for storage applications, delivering up to twice the performance of competing products in real-world application scenarios.
Optimized for virtual environmentsThe Brocade BR1741M-k CNA supports NPIV with up to 255 virtual ports, and it’s qualified with all major hypervisor solutions in the industry. Leveraging NPIV technology, you can not only extend Brocade fabric services to the server but also to the VM and application level.
Virtual Machine Optimized Ports (VMOP) is a feature that offloads essential packet classification tasks from the hypervisor, reducing latency and improving throughput while freeing CPU cycles that can be used to further scale an organization’s virtualization environment.