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February 25, 2009

NetQuest Intros New NIC Adapters

A New Jersey-based manufacturer of test and monitoring access solutions, NetQuest Corporation, reportedly announced that it has rolled-out its PINNICLE family of network interface card (NIC) adapters for non-intrusive optimized network monitoring performance.
 
In general, a network interface card (also known as network card or network adapter) is a computer hardware expansion board that enables computers to communicate over a computer network, such as a LAN. Its main job is to connect the computer to the network.
 
NetQuest’s new PINNICLE family of NIC (News - Alert) adapters includes two high-speed WAN/LAN NICs, which are branded as ‘Alta’ and ‘Tahoe,’ respectively. These cards off-load and re-process traffic that is intended for monitoring platforms – for more efficient use by the host.
 
Officials at NetQuest say that each member of the PINNICLE family operates at a specified full line rate with zero packet loss on all network layers. This feature makes PINNICLE NICs ideal for mission critical applications such as intrusion detection, performance monitoring, and interception.
 
Jesse Price, vice president of marketing for NetQuest, said that the company’s PINNICLE family of NIC adapters facilitates in the development of high-density solutions that can take full advantage of the computing platform’s advanced processing features - by off-loading the resource consuming data acquisition process.
 
According to NetQuest its PINNICLE NICs also accelerate development time for system developers. Apart from featuring single integration effort, the new NICs feature easy-to-use drivers as well as flexible PCI-X or PCI bus architectures, thereby allowing developers to easily deploy PINNICLE in their networks and in turn accelerate development time.
 
NetQuest also said that the NICs help the company to focus R&D resources on application-layer functionality. Once these cards are installed, all of them can be managed through a single interface, said the company.
 
By offering access to a wide variety of networks, protocols, and line speeds, NetQuest’s PINNICLE NICs expand the addressable market opportunities for system developers. 
NetQuest officials said that at present the company offers NICs that support only POS, ATM, TDM, and Ethernet networks on line speeds ranging from T1/E1 to OC12/STM-1.
 
Price added: “The combination of blazing optical speeds, the increasing use of open source projects, and readily available industrial computing platforms in converged networks has created a dynamic which demands separating the network access from the monitoring platforms.”

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Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan
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