“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet;”
From “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare
The Bard wasn’t talking about Ethernet when he wrote that line. But his statement - what something is called doesn’t matter, only what it is matters - carries truth to this very day. And that does apply to Ethernet.
We’ve been talking about Unified Networking for a while. 10 Gigabit Ethernet is the great unifier. Storage (iSCSI or FCoE), file sharing, NAS, virtualization, prioritization - it’s all there in 10 Gigabit. But we always get the question, when is Intel going to do a CNA?
CNA is the common term for a server adapter that delivers LAN and storage functionality over 10GbE. We’ve been doing that since we launched the 10 Gigabit Intel® Server Adapter X520-DA2 in 2009. The CNA term started as the Fibre Channel vendors needed to show they could do Ethernet. But since Intel has been doing Ethernet since it was first founded, we have been calling it Unified Networking. This led some people to think we haven’t been doing converged adapters. We have; we just haven’t been calling them that.
So call our Intel® Server Adapter X520 a CNA if you like. Call it a Unified Networking adapter. Call it a NIC.
No matter what you call it, our rose still smells as sweet (Free FCoE, world class performance and support all at a remarkably low price) no matter the term. So spread the word forth across the land, Intel DOES have a CNA. And we have for a while now.
I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
- Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare