CASwell has announced the new CAR-3080 rackmount appliance that can be equipped with ultra-fast networking connections of up to 40 Gbit/s and also offers nearly infinite Ethernet configurations with a maximum of 40 ports in this flat, low-rise 1U design. This setup is made possible by the unique design and combination of CASwell’s Network Interface Plug-ins (NIP) and Network Interface Cards (NIC), all connected via high-speed PCI Express 3.0.
The CASwell CAR-3080 by default comes with six Gigabit-Ethernet (GbE) ports and two SFP+ ports for 10-Gbit-Ethernet but can be enhanced almost endlessly with a standard NIC connected by PCI Express x16 and the three patented NIPs that use PCIe x4/x8 for data transfer. Each NIP and the NIC can offer up to eight Gigabit-Ethernet ports of their own but are also available in different configurations with 10-GbE, 25-GbE or even 40-GbE ports. Optional bypass switches ensure that the network keeps running even during maintenance or in case of power outages.
The CASwell CAR-3080 is based on the Intel Xeon D-2100 processing platform (Skylake) with four to 16 CPU cores and can be combined with up to 128 GByte DDR4-2400 main memory. The CPU comes with integrated Intel Quick Assist Technology (QAT) to accelerate encrypted data traffic in a secure network and to reduce overall data size and lower storage demands by faster real-time compression while at the same time relieving the CPU of some of the processing workloads. An optional “Trusted Platform Module” (TPM) for encryption, authentification and digital rights management is also available for the CAR-3080 and the whole system can be monitored by the “Intelligent Platform Management Interface” (IPMI 2.0).