by Jacqueline Emigh
Thecus Technology has released an Ethernet card capable of running at the lightning-fast speed of 10 gigabits per second (Gbps), or ten times faster than ordinary Gigabit Ethernet.
The new C10GT 10Gb Ethernet PCI-e Adapter is a full-height PCI-e card that fits into a PCI Express x4 or x8 slot on a PC. It features a dual cable interface combining one CX4 port and one SFP+ port to accommodate both copper and fiber optic cabling.
Powered by the Tehuti Luxor TN3020-D processor, the new 10 Gb Ethernet (10GbE) network interface card (NIC) is built to deliver extra high bandwidth for accessing server and storage applications, while requiring relatively low power for operation.
The adapter is designed to work on networks complying with IEEE networking standards such as 802.3ae, 8023ak, and 802.1q VLAN (virtual local area network).
Although you might not have much use for a 10GbE card on your home PC right now, the technology seems to be picking up momentum, especially on converged networks — operated by both service providers and enterprises — which support data, voice, and video.
This week, for example, Georgia State University (GSU) announced plans to upgrade its data center and network to 10GbE, using switching and virtualization technology from Extreme Networks. Other companies producing 10GbE switching platforms include Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade.
Analyst groups such as Infonetics Research and Dell O’Ro Group have pointed to several factors as driving the growing need for higher networking speeds and flexibility through 10GbE, including virtualization, data center consolidation, and high density technologies such as blade servers and multicore processors. Other vendors that make 10GbE NICs include QLogic and Neterion, for instance.
Thecus Technology produces storage and server products, too. The new C10GT 10Gb Ethernet Card can also be used to upgrade the following Thecus network-attached storage (NAS ) devices to 10GbE: N7700PRO, N7700+, N8800PRO, and N8800+.
The 10GbE card works with a number of different operating systems (OS), including Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux.
The new NIC also supports Windows Management Interface (WMI), allowing remote or local management by network administrators.