Chelsio Drivers Achieve VMware Ready Status for ESX

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Chelsio Communications, Inc., a leading provider of 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networking and storage solutions, today announced that its ESX/ESXi 4.02/4.1 and Virtual Multi-port drivers for its 10GbE adapters have achieved VMware Ready(TM) status for VMware ESX. This designation indicates that Chelsio Unified Wire adapters and drivers have passed a detailed evaluation and testing process managed by VMware and is now listed on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List.

Passing the extensive VMware-specified testing helps ensure that Chelsio adapters make best use of VMware technology and are ready for deployment in customer environments.

"We are pleased that the standalone and virtual multi-port drivers for Chelsio Unified Wire adapters qualify for the VMware Ready(TM) logo, signifying to customers that it has passed specific VMware testing and interoperability criteria and is ready to run their mission-critical business applications and operations," said Bernie Mills, senior director, alliance programs, VMware.

"The VMware vSphere platform is the primary choice for helping customers address the space, power, cooling and management issues with their data center infrastructure," said Kianoosh Naghshineh, president and CEO of Chelsio Communications. "VMware and Chelsio are a powerful combination that enables end-users to achieve high throughput within their virtualized environments and opens the way for new network-intensive applications."

The VMware Ready program is a VMware co-branding program for qualified partner products and is a benefit of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. With more than 1600 members worldwide, the VMware TAP program works with best-of-breed technology partners to provide them a comprehensive set of VMware technical and marketing services, support, tools and expertise to deliver enhanced value to joint customers.

Chelsio's adapters are designed for virtualization at the silicon level and enabling line-rate performance for transmit and receive. Chelsio's cut-through architecture delivers a high volume of transactions per second. Chelsio's customers are able to use the same drivers for any host bus, any physical media, any offload protocol, and any number of ports and speeds of Ethernet. In addition to VMware virtualization support, Chelsio provides support for RDMA, iSCSI, TOE, Traffic Management and packet classification. This enables Chelsio's customers to future-proof their systems.

The adapters and drivers for VMware ESX 4.0 and 4.1 are available today from Chelsio and its distribution partners. The adapters and drivers can also be found within the online VMware Hardware Compatibility List at

Chelsio Communications, Inc.
Chelsio Communications is leading the convergence of networking, storage and clustering interconnects with its robust, high-performance and proven unified wire, storage software and appliance technology. Featuring a highly scalable and programmable architecture, Chelsio is shipping 10-Gigabit Ethernet and multi-port Gigabit Ethernet adapter cards, delivering the low latency and superior throughput required for high-performance computing applications. For more information, visit the company online at

SOURCE Chelsio Communications, Inc.

CONTACT: Tim Helms of Chelsio Communications, Inc., +1-408-962-3677

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