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Solarflare to Demonstrate and Speak on 10 Gigabit Ethernet and The Need for Simplicity and Performance when Virtualizing Server IO at VMworld 2009

Solarflare Communications, the leader in standards-based 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) silicon, will demonstrate its latest chip technology in a variety of accelerated virtualized server environments at VMworld 2009, August 31-September 3 in the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA. Additionally, Dr. Steve Pope, Solarflare CTO of Controllers, and Dr. Bruce Tolley, vice president of corporate marketing for Solarflare, will speak on recent trends driving the need for 10 Gigabit networking and server IO virtualization and the need for performance, flexibility and scalability in a virtualized data center.

Solarflare, booth #1437, will have three product demonstrations highlighting industry-leading 10GbE technology, including the newest Solarstorm® 10GbE controller family with the first fully-integrated 10GBASE-T LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) chip.

1. Solarflare will demonstrate a highly-available, virtualized, converged data center network. The demo will showcase Solarflare’s low-power, high-performance Solarstorm® server adapters that are VMware® Ready and IOVP certified supporting a cluster of virtual servers. The switching layer is delivered with a Cisco Catalyst® 4900M 10GbE top of rack switch with both SFP+ and 10GBASE-T connections and the server virtualization and clustering technology is delivered with VMware vSphere 4 using Dell servers.

2. The flexible vNIC demonstration will highlight the Solarstorm server adapter’s scalable, virtualized architecture, supporting 100s of virtual machines and 1000s of vNICs. The Solarstorm vNIC architecture provides flexible mapping of vNICs, so that each guest OS can have its own vNIC, as well as traffic management, enabling prioritization and isolation of IP flows between vNICs.

3. Shown at both the Solarflare and AMD (#1408) booth, the Direct Path demonstration will show near-native network performance for virtualized 10GbE using VMware DirectPath technology with Solarstorm server adapters and AMD’s I/O memory management unit (IOMMU). The IOMMU extends the AMD64 system architecture with support for address translation and access protection on DMA transfers by peripheral devices.

To view a demo of Solarflare’s controller and adapter technology at VMworld, please contact [email protected].

Presenting at the Cisco booth #2118 Tuesday, September 1, 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Dr. Tolley will speak on “10 Gigabit Ethernet and Server I/O Virtualization in VMware and other OS-V environments.” His talk will review the fundamental trends driving the deployment of 10GbE low-latency networking and server I/O virtualization.

To be held at the VMworld Solutions Exchange Theater, Tuesday at 12:30 pm and AMD’s booth #1408, Tuesday, September 1, 3:00 pm, Dr. Pope will speak on “IOV Devices, Performance and Challenges.” His talk will quantify the performance benefits from IOV operation for 10GbE and outline the control plane challenges.

“Server virtualization continues to see increased adoption in data centers, with a strong focus on power and efficiency,” said Pope. “Our product demonstrations at VMworld 2009 prove 10GbE delivers unparalleled performance and power efficiency in a virtualized environment. Our newest controller family features a fully virtualized architecture, supporting 10 times the number of virtual machines and virtual NICs as the leading competitors.”

About Solarflare® 10GbE Products

Solarflare designs and develops the industry’s highest-performing, lowest-power, standards-compliant 10GbE vNIC controllers and 10GBASE-T transceivers. Optimized for all key virtualization platforms including Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, Solarflare’s Solarstorm® Ethernet controller consumes less than 2.5 watts at full line-rate delivering the optimal balance in performance and power efficiency. The Solarflare Solarstorm controller is VMware Ready and IOVP certified. At under 5 watts, Solarflare’s 10Xpress® 10GBASE-T PHY with dynamic power scaling™ is the lowest power PHY in the industry and supports distances of greater than 100 meters on UTP Category 6A cabling, 100 meters on STP Category 6, 55 meters on UTP Category 6 and 45 meters on UTP Category 5E cabling. For additional product information and pricing, send a request to [email protected].

About Solarflare Communications, Inc.

Solarflare Communications is a semiconductor company delivering the next level of high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE). As the leading provider of standards-compliant 10GbE silicon, Solarflare’s robust and power-efficient solutions are cost effective and easy to deploy. Ready for primetime, Solarflare 10 Gigabit Ethernet makes possible next-generation applications such as cloud computing, server virtualization, network convergence and low-latency networking (with OpenOnload™) for market data applications. The privately held company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with a development center in Cambridge, UK, and has announced relationships with Accton, Citrix, CommScope, Delta Networks Inc., Panduit, SMC Networks and VMware. For more information visit www.solarflare.com.

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