World's Fastest 10GbE Converged Network Adapters from Broadcom Earn Another Major Industry Certification - VMware vSphere® 5

10GbE Converged Network Adapters Deliver Complete Storage Solution for Enterprise Server Virtualization

IRVINE, Calif.,News Highlights:

o Broadcom Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) address growing demand for virtualization in data centers

o CNAs deliver fully certified storage solution for VMware vSphere 5

o World's fastest FCoE performance - 80 percent faster than nearest competitor(1)

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that its converged network adapters (CNAs) have earned FCoE (Fiber Channel over Ethernet) certification on VMware vSphere 5. Following other recent certifications - EMC E-Lab and NetApp validation - VMware vSphere 5 marks another major industry certification milestone in Broadcom's expanding 10GbE storage and networking ecosystem. Visit to learn more.

Demand for server virtualization continues to rise as IT managers strive to maximize efficiency of servers, increase security, and ensure higher levels of automated performance. International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts more than 70 percent of all server workloads installed on new shipments in 2014 will reside in a virtual machine.(2)

vSphere 5 is the latest version of VMware's virtualization platform for small- and mid-size businesses, as well as enterprise-class users. VMware vSphere 5 delivers better application performance and availability for business-critical applications while automating the management of an increasingly broad pool of data center resources. VMware's certification confirms Broadcom's CNAs offer full interoperability within vSphere 5 environments.

Industry Leading Performance - Broadcom CNAs deliver FCoE performance speeds of up to 1.7 million input/output operations per second (IOPS) - more than 80 percent faster than the nearest competitor(1), optimizing virtualization by uniting data and storage networks on a common 10GbE fabric. By taking advantage of switch-independent NIC partitioning, Broadcom's FCoE solution allows the server to adapt to a broad range of bandwidth configurations and reduce power and cooling costs while minimizing overall system complexity. In addition to FCoE offload, it features multiprotocol support including Level 2 (L2) networking, Network Attached Storage (NAS), and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI).


Parag Patel, Vice President, Alliances, VMware"Broadcom's converged network adapters meet VMware's certification requirements for running business-critical applications. This certification underscores the long-standing relationship between Broadcom and VMware, bringing significant value to our mutual customers. VMware vSphere accelerates the journey to the cloud for existing data centers while underpinning compatible public cloud offerings that pave the way to the hybrid cloud."

Benjamin Woo, VP Storage and Big Data, International Data Corporation "Server virtualization is the 'killer app' for the datacenter and has forever changed IT operations. Virtualization customers are rapidly deploying converged hardware as a means to lower time to deployment and to simplify an increasingly complex datacenter infrastructure. This certification of Broadcom's 10GbE CNA is an important milestone because it ensures full interoperability with one of the industry's most popular virtualization environments."

Vinod Lakhani, General Manager, High Speed Controllers, Broadcom Corporation"Server virtualization, cloud computing, and the need to contain costs and complexity are all major factors driving the need for 10GbE converged network adapters (CNAs). Broadcom is meeting that demand with the world's fastest CNAs and is proud that its fully offloaded FCoE solutions have earned VMware's vSphere 5 certification. This validation underscores Broadcom's growing ecosystem of solution partners."


(1) Demartek (based on Broadcom's ~1.7 million IOPS compared to Emulex's 919,268 IOPS in OCe10102)(2) International Data Corporation(3) Broadcom BCM97712-T Dual-Port 10GBASE-T Adapter(4) VMware vSphere 5

About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to



John Jatinen

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SOURCE: Broadcom Corporation; BRCM Infrastructure & Networking

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