Network Accelerators a Boon to Virtualization

Arthur Cole

Now that virtualization is becoming the rule in data centers rather than the exception, enterprises are turning to an increasingly diverse array of technologies to keep their network traffic flowing smoothly.


One of those technologies is the network accelerator, designed to take over TCP processing and other functions from the CPU so it can concentrate on application processing and data serving.


San Francisco Web designer Cubik Media put Alacritech's Scalable Network Accelerators to work to handle high-bandwidth data loads, such as video streams, after it shifted to a centralized iSCSI SAN. The devices allowed the company to consolidate 40 of its rack-mounted servers down to four without hampering network performance.


Cubik Media reports the accelerators also are adept at preserving online transaction and Web-based service capabilities, which is crucial for maintaining a strong revenue stream.

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