Colorado Springs, Colo. - S2io Inc., which took an early lead in 10-Gbit Ethernet accelerator cards, has gone through a name change to become Neterion Inc. Chief executive Dave Zabrowski said S2io was a trifle too geeky for a company making early plans for an eventual public offering and looking to expand its base in data center 10-Gbit architectures.
The move, which was suggested by the company's board of directors, comes as Neterion moves beyond its original Xframe architecture. The company has elected to offer frame accelerators called Xframe 2.0 in the PCI-X 2.0 form factor, rather than jump directly to PCI Express. Zabrowski noted that PCI-X has an immediate base in high-end computing and predicted that PCI Express "will start in the low end and move up, while 10 Gbit starts at the high end and moves down." Neterion's value-added functions, unlike those looking to Layer 4 for TCP offload, look at data transfer offloads, including stateless offloads and a new, patented Large Receive Offload for server- and storage-oriented Ethernet links.
Neterion's customer base comprises high-performance server companies: It counts Cray, Hewlett-Packard, SGI and Sun Microsystems among its OEM partners. Zabrowski said that many direct competitors, in addition to the TCP offload specialists, are former Infiniband players that have moved to Ethernet as a more universal interconnect. He said that Neterion's familiarity with Web server traffic trends stems from its roots in Alteon WebSystems, a Web front-end developer that was acquired by Nortel Networks.