Tuesday, June 21, 2005


Level 5 Networks has announced EtherFabric™, which it claims to be Ethernet compatible, while allowing communication at a much higher speed. Performance numbers are here

The Ethernet currently in use was never designed for today’s high-performance environments, and as a result, the interconnects between systems have become one of the most significant limiters of overall data center performance, causing bottlenecks throughout. Other newly proposed networking technologies, such as iWarp and InfiniBand, lack compatibility with the existing network infrastructure, making them too disruptive and costly to implement. Unlike those solutions, the EtherFabric high-speed server interconnect products from Level 5 Networks maintain software and hardware compatibility with the existing environment while reducing the number of servers required by up to 50 percent.

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