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FastLinQ® Converged Network Adapters (CNAs)

FastLinQ® Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) support simultaneous LAN and SAN traffic with powerful hardware offloads that improve system performance.

FastLinQ® CNA 8400 Series

The Cavium™ FastLinQ® 8400 Series 10GbE Converged Network Adapters are OEM-proven adapters that provide exceptional value in delivering industry-leading features and performance to enable the most efficient and agile software-defined data centers (SDDNs). Designed for the most demanding server and network virtualized environments, the 8400 Series Adapters provide full hardware offload support for iSCSI and FCoE protocols as well as NPAR, VXLAN/NVGRE/GENEVE, and SR-IOV to boost server CPU efficiency and maximize application performance.

Overview

The Cavium™ FastLinQ® 8400 Series 10GbE Converged Network Adapters support simultaneous LAN (TCP/IP) and SAN [Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI] traffic at 10Gbps Ethernet (GbE) line rate speeds. The 8400 Series Adapter provides extremely low host CPU usage by enabling full hardware offloads.

  • PCI Express Gen3 x8
  • Delivers full line-rate 10Gbps performance across both ports
  • Industry-leading storage (FCoE and iSCSI) transactional performance
  • Enables provisioning of 10GbE ports for greater deployment flexibility through switch-independent NIC partitioning (NPAR)
  • Boosts host CPU efficiency with hardware offloads for NVGRE, GENEVE, and VXLAN tunnels
  • Improves reliability and interoperability—leverages Cavium's market-proven Ethernet architecture and software
  • Simplified deployment, troubleshooting and lifecycle management using the QConvergeConsole® (QCC) GUI, QCC PowerKit, Cavium Control Suite™ CLI, vCenter GUI/ESXCLI Plug-ins, and OpenStack integration
  • Network boot support:
    • iSCSI remote boot
    • FCoE boot from SAN
    • Pre-execution environment (PXE) 2.0
    • UEFI
  • PCI-SIG® single root input/output virtualization (SR-IOV)
  • Data center bridging (DCB)
  • Low-profile PCIe form factor

All advertised features are enabled in the hardware. Actual feature availability depends on software driver releases. See release notes.

Product Information

Part Number PCIe Connecter Ports Speed Connection Type
QLE8440-CU-CK x8 1 10G SFP+: SR-Optics2, DAC
QLE8442-CU-CK x8 2 10G SFP+: SR-Optics2, DAC
QLE8440-SR-CK x8 1 10G SFP+: SR-Optics2, DAC
QLE8442-SR-CK x8 2 10G SFP+: SR-Optics2, DAC
Product Literature
FastLinQ 8400 Series

10Gbps Ethernet-to-PCIe Converged Network Adapters

Unified Adapter Management Across the Data Center

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Switch Independent NIC Partitioning FAQs.

Enhancing Scalability Through NIC Switch Independent Partitioning

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FastLinQ 10GbE Intelligent Ethernet Adapters vs. Mellanox 10GbE Adapters

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SQL 2014 Database Backup Acceleration with Cavium FastLinQ 3400 & 8400 Series Adapters

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Concurrent NIC Partitioning and SR-IOV

Do more with less in server virtualization!

Cavium Control Suite (QCS)

QCS enables streamlined management and optimized performance for physical and virtual network.

The Business Benefits of the Cavium FastLinQ 8400 Series

10GbE CNA for the software-defined data center.

Web Servers for the Modern Era

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Enhance VMware Uptime and Efficiency

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Solutions Lab Reference Architecture for Server Virtualization

This guide is intended for IT professionals, technical architects, sales engineers, and consultants to assist in planning, designing, and implementing virtualized data center infrastructures using Fibre Channel, Intelligent Ethernet and Converged Network Adapters.

Support
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Driver Downloads/Documentation

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Media
Accelerating Network Virtualization Overlays with Cavium Intelligent Ethernet Adapters

ESG Lab tested the performance benefits of offloading tunneling for network virtualization overlays for 10GbE and 25GbE.

Media and Analyst Coverage

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FastLinQ Converged Network Adapters [PCIe Form Factor]

Model

Bus Port Connection Speed

QLE8440-SR

PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x8

Single

SFP+

10Gb

QLE8440-CU

PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x8

Single

SFP+

10Gb

QLE8442-SR

PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x8 Dual

SFP+

10Gb

QLE8442-CU

PCI EXPRESS GEN 3 x8 Dual

SFP+

10Gb

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