10/25/40/50/100G Ethernet NICs for neural-class data centers that need ultra-high bandwidth, ultra-low latency + a NIC platform for micro-segmented acceleration, security and telemetry.
Fabrics are the New Normal
According to SDXcentral.com, “The data center fabric, generically, is the layout of how the computing, networking, and software components of a data center work together to deliver IT services. It is also the name of Facebook's specific data center plan called “data center fabric.”
The authors of the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking, say that fabrics are the new normal, and that most (switch) vendors offer fabric solutions, because they provide programmability and centralized point of control.
Hyperscale CSPs Move Fabrics to the NIC
Massive cloud service providers put the “hyper” in scale with highly distributed data center architectures that grow infinitely by adding server nodes. They needed network services to scale with each server, and granular networking policies down to a single container microservice. So they invented and deployed their own NIC fabrics.
One example of a hyperscale NIC fabric is Microsoft’s well-publicized Project Catapult. Wired magazine writes that, “Project Catapult is the technology behind Microsoft's hyperscale acceleration fabric, and is at the center of a comprehensive set of investments Microsoft is making to build a supercomputing substrate that can accelerate our efforts in networking, security, cloud services and artificial intelligence.”
VMware Introduces Software-based NIC Fabric
In 2017, VMware introduced a commercially available version of a software-based vNIC fabric with their NSX platform and micro-segmented security offering. According to a recent IT Brand Pulse survey, almost 40% of IT organizations are investigating NSX micro-segmented fabric policies that are enforced at the vNIC.
elements embedded in each hypervisor
policies enforced at the vNIC
Solarflare Unveils 1st Hardware-based NIC Fabric
At the same time VMware was rolling out software-based NIC fabrics, Solarflare changed the fabric landscape by unveiling the first hardware-based NIC fabric. XtremeScale Fabric Services join NSX fabric services and switch fabric services from vendors such as Cisco, to work together as an overall data center fabric.
Solarflare XtremeScale Fabric Services
Solarflare XtremeScale fabric services allow network engineers to increase the efficiency and security of their applications by deploying more workloads on less servers, by protecting traffic inside the data center, and by monitoring valuable packet and flow information on any server with a general-purpose NIC. For distributed environments, fabric processing power scales with every NIC, and fine-grained network policies are possible because they can be applied for every server, VM or container.