Small Tree offers 10Gb Ethernet solution for Xserve G5

Small Tree Communications on Tuesday introduced a new 10 gigabit (Gb) Ethernet solution for Apple’s Xserve G5 servers running Tiger. Small Tree reports a 60 percent performance improvement over other 10Gb solutions, using its optimized drivers and Mac OS X Server v10.4. The 10Gb card, switch and support software cost US$2,400 per port.

Small Tree’s custom drivers work with Intel’s PRO/10GbE CX-4 SR Server Adapter. CX-4 is a copper interconnect standard for 10Gb-class network signals. Small Tree describes CX-4 as ideal for high-bandwidth network connections used in high performance computing (HPC) clusters and for short-distances in wiring closets. The Intel card is paired with a Fujitsu 10Gb Ethernet low-latency switch.

“10Gb over CX-4 is an affordable alternative for streamlining workflow and is especially attractive in those industries where deadlines are critical for success, such as in post-production houses,” said Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree Communications.

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