® Intel 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller Transforming the data center through a reliable and unified 10GbE network • PCI Express* 2.0, dual port 10 Gigabit Ethernet controller along with Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series servers deliver the performance that demanding applications require. • Industry-leading product innovations for I/O virtualization that are ideal for the dynamic data center. • Unified networking support simplifies the network infrastructure by allowing LAN, SAN, and IPC traffic to share the same data center fabric. • Energy-efficient design with integrated SFI/KR PHYs that creates new opportunities for Blades and LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) solutions. • High-volume stable architecture with broad operating system support. An Intelligent Solution A number of trends are driving change in the data center. Information growth continues unabated, server virtualization requires multi-core servers with higher bandwidth and networked storage, and power and cooling remains a significant challenge. These trends are driving IT managers to look for new, optimized solutions that support the dynamic data center. From a network perspective, IT managers recognize how the trend towards 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) will benefit them; they want to consolidate multiple GbE links into a single 10GbE network to lower cost and complexity. Intel’s third-generation 10GbE controller, the Intel® 82599 10 Giga- bit Ethernet controller continues to build on the innovative trends set by its predecessor and pushes the envelope even further. • Advanced features such as Receive Side Coalescing, Intel® Ethernet Flow Director, and support for PCI Express* 2.0 help deliver new levels of 10GbE performance 1 • Intel® Virtualization Technology for Connectivity (Intel® VT-c) delivers industry-leading I/O virtualization capabilities that provide flexibility, scalability and mobility • Advanced unified networking capabilities, including support for lossless Ethernet, iSCSI acceleration, NAS, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) offloads help consolidate data center networks onto a single Ethernet fabric The Intel 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet controller along with Intel® ∆ Xeon® processor 5500 series-based servers deliver unmatched performance scalability that signals a new paradigm in the data center — a paradigm of intelligent solutions that help manage growth while controlling costs; a paradigm of advanced virtualization features; and a paradigm of a simple, cost-effective, unified network. Best Choice for Virtualization The Intel 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet controller includes Intel® Virtualization Technology for Connectivity (Intel VT-c) to deliver outstanding performance in virtualized server environments. Intel VT-c includes hardware optimizations that help reduce I/O bottlenecks and improve the overall server performance. These 2 technologies are Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq) and Virtual Machine Direct Connect (VMDc). VMDq improves data processing by offloading the sorting and queuing functionality to the I/O controller from the VMM. VMDc provides direct con- nectivity to the VMs to deliver near-native performance and VM scalability. VMDc also provides flexibility with mobility by enabling VM migration between physical servers. VMDc is based on the industry-standard PCI-SIG SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization). Unified Networking Intel 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet controller reduces cost and complexity of the data center by combining LAN and SAN traffic onto a single Ethernet fabric. Read the full Product Brief Intel® 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller Network Connectivity.