Sonnet Technologies has launched the Presto 10GbE 1-Port and Presto 10GbE Server 2-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) PCIe cards. These Sonnet adapter cards enable users to connect their computers and servers to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard, which offers up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, the common wired network connection included with most computers today.
The Presto 10GbE 1-Port and Presto 10GbE Server 2-Port 10GbE PCIe cards are perfect for high-performance computing for which low latency, high bandwidth, and low CPU overhead are required. Their increased throughput performance and low-host CPU utilization are achieved with stateless offloads, allowing the user's computer to perform better while large files transfers or high-I/O operations take place.
Both Presto 10GbE network adapters are low-profile x8 PCIe adapter cards that install easily into the PCIe slot of a computer or Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis. Both cards connect to a switch or other 10GbE interface via fiber-optic or copper cable (sold separately). Sonnet offers either short-range (up to 300m) or long-range (up to 10km) SFP+ transceivers for the Presto 10GbE cards, as well as the ability to use cost-effective direct-attach copper (up to 7m). Both cards are easily configured using either the OS X Network control panel or the Windows Device Manager, and are optimized for use over Thunderbolt.
The Presto 10GbE 1-Port card is suited for most applications, providing greatly enhanced performance for a wide variety of applications. The Presto 10GbE Server 2-Port card is suited for use in servers and in applications where redundancy is critical, supporting transparent failover to keep the user's computer connected in case a single cable is disconnected or one of the ports fails. When used with a Mac computer, it also supports link aggregation.
The Presto 10GbE 1-Port (G10E-SFP-E) and Presto 10GbE Server 2-Port (G10E-SFP-2X-E2) cards, and the 10GBase-SR SFP+ (G10E-SFP-SR) and 10Base-LR SFP+ (G10E-SFP-LR) transceivers are available now.