The Broadcom NetXtreme II 57711 mezzanine card introduces a new level of cost effective blade networking performance with increased bandwidth, reduced latency and lower CPU utilization at 10 Gigabit speeds for Dell PowerEdgeTM blade servers.
The 57711 is the next generation in Convergence Network Interface Cards(C-NIC) combining offload technology with standard Ethernet functionality. Together, these features provide the necessary performance and bandwidth critical to I/O intensive applications such as virtualization and HPC.
The Broadcom 57711 not only delivers industry standard Ethernet features but also has integrated iSCSI Host Bus Adapter(HBA) functionality for offloaded and accelerated iSCSI block storage with iSCSI Boot capability at high I/O's per second and low CPU utilization. This lowers cost for iSCSI acquisition, deployment and management since the 57711 uses the existing Ethernet infrastructure and eliminates the need to acquire standalone HBA cards. This lowers the cost of ongoing maintenance at performance comparable to fibre channel applications.
The Broadcom 57711 also utilizes TCP/IP Offload Engine(TOE) technology to relieve the server CPU of processing network traffic while using less power, this enables the server CPU to maximize its performance and applications processing.
As part of the Broadcom NetXtreme II family of products found across the Dell PowerEdge server portfolio, this enables data centers to simplify IT networking by converging multiple functions over one wire when deploying Dell PowerEdge blade servers.