SAN JOSE, Calif. – Broadcom Corp. finally entered the market for 10 Gbit/s Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). An adapter card using its BCM57712 controller passed certification testing, Broadcom announced at the Cisco Live event.
The card passed qualification tests with the EMC E-Lab, Cisco, Dell and Demartek, a specialist in testing network and storage. A Demartek white paper said the cards deliver data rates up to 1.7 million input/output operations per second (IOPs), more than 80 percent faster than the nearest competitor in tests that included products from Emulex, Intel and QLogic.
"Broadcom dominated the benchmark analysis by demonstrating superior overall performance for both FCoE and iSCSI," said Dennis Martin, President of Demartek.
Broadcom is late to the market for FCoE chips that aim to drive network and storage traffic over a single set of Ethernet cables to save cost and power.
"After talking about FCoE for some time, Broadcom now has a product in the market," said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst with The Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.). "This should help stem the tide of design win losses Broadcom has suffered at the hands of Emulex," he said.
Emulex and QLogic lead in FCoE due to their proven Fibre Channel software stacks, Wheeler said. In 2010, Emulex led in FCoE LAN-on-motherboard chips with sockets in Hewlett-Packard blade servers, while QLogic led in FCoE adapter cards, said Wheeler.
Dell praised the Broadcom card for its use of "switch-agnostic NIC portioning capable of handling dynamic virtualized workloads that makes it possible to split the 10GbE pipe with granularity free of any fabric vendor lock-in," said Brian Payne, a marketing director for Dell servers.