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Broadcom's NVMe-oF Storage Adapter to Provide OS Independence for Legacy Servers

Today Broadcom Inc. announced the availability of its new NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) storage adapter that, the company says, "[is] designed to greatly simplify storage disaggregation and accelerate the adoption of storage over fabrics in cloud and enterprise networks."

According to the announcement, the "Glass Creek" adapter is powered by Broadcom's Stingray system on chip (SoC) and provides 50Gbps Ethernet bandwidth and 1 million random read IOPS with hardware acceleration for RAID, De-dupe and storage encryption.

"With the introduction of the Glass Creek adapter we are excited to announce a game changing technology that dramatically simplifies storage disaggregation," said Dan Harding, vice president of marketing for the Compute and Connectivity Division at Broadcom, said in a prepared statement. "Glass Creek takes the NVMe-oF industry another major step forward by providing seamless fabric connectivity to any operating systems while delivering 1M IOPS of performance using standard inbox NVMe drivers."

Other key features and benefits, as noted in the announcement, include:

  • Standard NVMe host driver on any operating system expanding NVMe-oF to 100% of storage market
  • NVMe physical function (PF) and 64 NVMe virtual functions (VF) for deployment in bare metal and virtualized servers
  • Supports RoCE and NVMe/TCP for use in any standard Ethernet network
  • Octal Arm A72 cores @ 3GHz providing best-in-class Arm CPU performance
  • x8 FHHL industry standard PCIe adapter
  • 2x25G Ethernet ports

A sampling of Glass Creek is available to customers who support 2x25G Ethernet interface. Contact Broadcom for pricing and availability.

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Wendy Hernandez is group managing editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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