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Ethernet Titan Chelsio Lands New Certifications

March 28, 2017

New certifications are often as good as promotional items get for businesses, and recently, Chelsio landed a new set of such certifications to better drive its status as a substantial figure in the field of Ethernet operations. The certifications in question cover both Windows Server 2016 operations as well as those of software-defined data center (SDDC) systems.

More specifically, Chelsio's Terminator 5 (T5) and Terminator 6 (T6) gigabit Ethernet iWARP-enabled Unified Wire adapters landed said certifications, and are now set to work with both Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft SDDC hardware.

This is actually an important achievement; with the iWARP standard now clear, users can put Microsoft Cloud deployments in place much more quickly than was previously possible. Since iWARP works with legacy Ethernet switches, it becomes easier to put Windows Server 2016 in place without having to upgrade the switches, or even in some more disastrous cases, the entire data center with it. Since it works with the current roster of switches, deployment effectively becomes a plug-and-play concept, which means fewer man-hours needed, less lost opportunity by having workers in play elsewhere, and less cost accordingly.

Better yet, Chelsio's iWARP-capable Unified Wire systems offer support for several major Windows operations, ranging from Storage Replica to SMB Direct and several others in between, serving to add further value for potential users.

Chelsio CEO Kianoosh Naghshineh commented, “Chelsio's T5 & T6 based solutions enable high-performance networking solutions for Windows installations without requiring a concurrent upgrade of the switch infrastructure and help customers to efficiently and cost-effectively scale their Microsoft Cloud environments to derive the full benefit of cloud computing. This announcement represents the enormous value derived through joint collaboration to help customers transform and accelerate their journey to the cloud.”

Basically, this new set of certifications improves what was already an excellent prospect in the Ethernet field and makes it more attractive, not only to potential new users—always useful for expanding a market and improving overall profitability—but also to current users as well, which preserves the overall size of the market going forward. That ensures the market has the best chance at active growth while preventing loss—a good recipe for market building.

Still, there's always the threat of competition to watch out for here, and Chelsio will likely have plenty of that afoot. It's got a great package to work from, though, and should be able to better maintain its position as a leader in Ethernet operations.

Edited by Alicia Young

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