Converged Network Adapters (CNAs)7A converged network adapter (CNA) is a dual-function network appliance for consolidating IT setups, achieved by connecting servers to an FC-based storage area network (SAN) and to an Ethernet-based local area networks (LAN), the hardware itself connecting to the server through a PCIe interface; essentially it spares one the need for two separate adapters.Broadcom CNA1https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/9G/ja/SICSXOIT25Q1-180x180.JPEGBroadcom OneConnect (formerly Emulex OneConnect)2https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/9G/ja/SICSXOIT25Q1-180x180.JPEGIntel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X5403https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/Ew/IS/Q672JHANLJ3S-180x180.JPEGHP StoreFabric Converged Network Adapters4https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/qq/uK/ZTECRXT03ME3-180x180.JPEGCenturyLink Enterprise Voice SIP Services5https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/OK/UO/KTW2ZSTJRMM2-180x180.JPEGCisco Unified Computing System Adapters (UCS VICs)6https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/KP/BJ/EKH5RFTLCO4X-180x180.PNGATTO FastFrame Converged Network Adapters7https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/kl/UU/U5IWU380U4JV.png

Converged Network Adapters (CNAs)

Converged Network Adapters (CNA) Overview

What are Converged Network Adapters?

A converged network adapter (CNA) is a dual-function network appliance for consolidating IT setups. CNAs achieve this by connecting servers to an FC-based storage area network (SAN), and to an Ethernet-based local area networks (LAN). The hardware itself connects to the server through a PCIe interface. Essentially it spares IT managers the need for two separate adapters.

Benefits of Converged Network Adapters (CNA):

Converged network adapters supply the following advantages:

  • Contain all basic NIC features

  • Singularly provide Ethernet, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity

  • Lossless data integrity

  • Software-defined networking (SDN) programmable

  • Reduce needed power, fewer necessary cables

  • Reduce impact of overlay network

  • Overlay network hardware offload

  • Support DPDK with benefit for packet processing acceleration

  • Support high performance virtualization over NIC

  • Remote direct memory access (RDMA) for data acceleration

  • FCoE & iSCSI hardware offload

Pricing Information

Converged network adapters present a single up-front cost. The cost for a new appliance ranges from $150 to $500. However used and refurbished adapters are available from some vendors and resellers.

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