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Cavium Introduces LiquidIO™ Family Of 10 Gigabit Server Adapters To Enable SDN For Cloud And Datacenters

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications and cloud infrastructure, today announced the new LiquidIO Server Adapter family. This new adapter family enables data centers to rapidly deploy high performance SDN applications for both installed and new infrastructure while clearly enhancing server utilization, response times and network agility. The LiquidIO Server Adapters are designed for deployment by cloud service providers, enterprises and private data centers worldwide.

Server virtualization technology has enabled multiple virtual machines (VM) per server providing significant benefits to enterprises worldwide.  However the complete benefits of server virtualization cannot be realized without the associated network virtualization. Software Defined Network (SDN) technology enables flexible virtualization of the network.  Enabling network virtualization requires software based switching and tunneling, to decouple physical and logical networks, which significantly taxes the server CPU and reduces performance and increases latency.  Cloud Services Providers need to tackle these issues to meet their customer commitments on performance, bandwidth and quality of service (QoS).  They need a hardware solution that offloads SDN and network processing from the main server CPU into an intelligent network adapter. Additionally, the offload protocols required by cloud service providers are evolving and differentiated. This drives the need for SDN Adapters to be fully programmable.

LiquidIO Server AdapterThis new family of adapters includes LiquidIO Server Adapter 210Sv with two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and the 110Sv with one 10 Gigabit Ethernet port.  This product family provides a proven, high-performance, programmable adapter platform for cloud service providers.  It is offered in a standard server compliant half-height PCI Express form-factor and is supported by a feature rich Software Development Kit (SDK). This SDK allows customers and partners to develop high performance SDN applications with packet processing, tunneling, QoS, security and metering.  The adapter family provides out-of-the-box 10 Gbps OVS, Open Flow, VXLAN and NVGRE tunneling protocol performance. 

The LiquidIO adapter family has been tested against several commonly used Controllers including Floodlight and NOX.  Customers also have the added advantage of being able to run L4-L7 networking & security services on this platform.  Several partner companies including PLUMGrid and One Convergence are leveraging this family to offer high performance network virtualization solutions to their customers.

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