World’s Fastest Converged Network Adapters from Broadcom Earn FCoE NetApp Ethernet Advantage Validation

Broadcom Validation Enables Seamless Interoperability and Compatibility with NetApp® Unified Storage Solutions

LAS VEGAS – Nov. 1, 2011


News Highlights:


  • Latest milestone in ongoing expansion of 10 Gigabit Ethernet(10GbE) storage and networking ecosystem
  • Addresses growing need for 10GbE bandwidth in Enterprise datacenters
  • World’s fastest FCoE performance – 80 percent faster thannearest competitor[1]

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a globalinnovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wirelesscommunications, today announced that its converged network adapters(CNAs) have successfully completed the NetApp-validated EthernetAdvantage Program[2].NetApp’s validation is the latest in a series of recent milestonesfor Broadcom in its ongoing expansion of 10GbE storage andnetworking ecosystem. Visit to learn more.


Enterprise data centers demand higherbandwidth and 10GbE Ethernet connectivity to support servervirtualization, consolidation and convergence. The NetApp EthernetAdvantage program is designed to create a trusted ecosystem toaccelerate FCoE deployment by offering customers fully testedconfigurations supported by best-in-class vendors. The NetAppEthernet Advantage Program incorporates automated testing and bestpractices that are used to qualify FCoE solutions. The performanceresults in the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool (IMT) enablecustomers and partners to verify end-to-end solutions and to designthe most robust FCoE, fibre channel, and iSCSI solutions.


Broadcom’s FCoE solution unites data andstorage networks on a common 10GbE fabric, significantly reducingpower and cooling costs while minimizing overall system complexity.With performance speeds of up to 1.7 million input/outputoperations per second (IOPs) – more than 80 percent faster than thenearest competitor – it delivers multiprotocol support includingLevel 2 (L2) networking, Network Attached Storage (NAS), InternetSmall Computer System Interface (iSCSI) offload and FCoE offloadconnectivity.

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  • Patrick Rogers, Corporate Alliances,NetApp
    “As the leader in FCoE storage, NetApp is pleased to work withbest-in-class ecosystem partners to deliver the advancedfunctionality and efficiency of converged Ethernet networks.Broadcom’s support for FCoE compliments NetApp’s Unified Connectsolution to help organizations greatly reduce cost and complexityassociated with mixed network environments.”
  • Vinod Lakhani, General Manager, High Speed Controllers,Broadcom Corporation
    “Server virtualization, cloud computing, and the need to containcosts and complexity are all major factors driving the need for10GbE converged network adapters (CNAs). Broadcom is meeting thatdemand with the world’s fastest CNAs and is proud that its fullyoffloaded FCoE solutions have earned NetApp’s certification. Thisvalidation adds to Broadcom’s growing ecosystem of solutionpartners including EMC’s E-Lab testing. In addition to providing L2networking and iSCSI support, these CNAs enable the creation offully-interoperable solutions for our customer’s most demandingenvironments.”

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