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SmartNICs are Complicated, So Intel Pitches NICs That are Smart Enough

April 02, 2019 / datacenterknowledge

The networks powering hyperscale cloud platforms are changing, but enterprise data center networks are going through a similar transformation, albeit at a much slower pace. A solution Intel announced Tuesday is aimed at this trend. The ever growing volume of data has become not only something to be stored but something to be analyzed in many different ways, forcing networks to get both faster and smarter. Microservices and containers, AI workloads, video are all pushing up the amount of east-west traffic inside and between data centers to levels that overwhelm even the 100Gbps network fabrics like Facebook’s.