The Troposphere

Jan 19 2009   7:53PM GMT

Cloud hype extends to NIC cards

JoMaitland Jo Maitland Profile: JoMaitland

Hifn says its new Express DS4100 NIC card is “optimized for the cloud”. What’s next? Cables? Batteries? My desk?

The problem with the cloud is speed in terms of uploads and downloads, says Hifn’s PR person.
“Try uploading a terabyte to the cloud and see how long it takes.” He has a point there, but I think it takes more than a slick NIC to fix this problem.

The exact speeds and feeds of the DS4100 will not be available until the official release next week, but ballpark pricing will be $1000 per card. It also supports virtualization and service-orientated architectures, just in case you need the whole ball of yarn.

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