Intel today introduced a 10-Gbps Ethernet (10GbE) adapter for servers that helps overcome for the first time the cost and technical barriers that have previously made 10GbE server connectivity impractical for the data center. The new Intel® PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter is the first to meet both of these requirements. The server adapter utilizes XPAK optical technology to reduce the price over previous adapters by 40 percent, making it ideal for server bandwidth-intensive applications such as server clusers, network storage, medical imaging and graphic design. The adapter is designed for server deployments, which, in data centers, involve distances of fewer than 300 meters. The Intel® PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter is available now and costs $ 4,770. Later this summer, Intel will introduce a version for single-mode fiber, the Intel® PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter, for applications involving distances up to 10 kilometers, such as communications among regional data centers.

Intel today introduced a 10-Gbps Ethernet (10GbE) adapter for servers that
helps overcome for the first time the cost and technical barriers that have
previously made 10GbE server connectivity impractical for the data center. The
new Intel® PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter is the first to meet both of these
requirements. The server adapter utilizes XPAK optical technology to reduce the
price over previous adapters by 40 percent, making it ideal for server
bandwidth-intensive applications such as server clusers, network storage,
medical imaging and graphic design. The adapter is designed for server
deployments, which, in data centers, involve distances of fewer than 300 meters.
The XPAK optics enable 10 GbE connectivity over multimode fiber and their
small-form-factor makes the adapter compatible with standard server slots,
enabling denser server environments.

Intel has been working with equipment makers to provide interoperability with
leading switches. In particular, the company has collaborated with Cisco Systems
to offer 10GbE interoperability with Cisco Catalyst*** 6500 Series Switches
which offer industry leading 10GbE price/performance capabilities to facilitate
broad deployment of secure and scaleable 10GbE solutions. Additionally, Cisco
and Intel have joined efforts to foster 10 GbE in the data center. Together,
Cisco and Intel are collaborating on educational seminars, and product sampling
programs to assist IT managers in deploying 10-GbE networks. The Intel®
PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter is available now and costs $ 4,770. Later this
summer, Intel will introduce a version for single-mode fiber, the Intel®
PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter, for applications involving distances up to 10
kilometers, such as communications among regional data centers.