The ATTO Difference: Ethernet Engineered for Performance

The ATTO Difference: Ethernet Engineered for Performance

Apr 07, 2021


When it comes to Ethernet, not all Ethernet interfaces are the same. If performance is a priority in your workflow then you need to carefully consider your network architecture. Any old NIC just doesn’t cut it and indeed whatever you’re using now could be creating a performance bottleneck.

ATTO FastFrame™ 3 Smart Ethernet NICs are engineered to be the highest performing Ethernet cards you can buy and included advanced technologies that reduce latency and boost speed. For example, depending on the application, read performance shows 50% - 150% greater throughput than competing cards. We’re also seeing amazing results with the Apple Mac Pro® in our labs which we’ll discuss when testing is complete.

How do ATTO FastFrame Smart NICs provide unmatched performance? As a pioneer in iSCSI, ATTO designed the FastFrame family for the rigorous data transfer and reliability standards required for storage interconnect. We put everything we have learned from over 30 years of storage network component design and manufacturing into FastFrame 3.

All ATTO FastFrame NICs leverage exclusive ATTO Advanced Data Streaming (ADS™) technology to provide high bandwidth and managed latency for high-performance, enterprise-level iSCSI storage as well as standard 10GbE network infrastructures.

The result is that FastFrame 3 NICs have the industry’s lowest latency and the versatility needed to support the most demanding and complex ecosystems. Supporting line speeds of up to 100GbE and latency as low as 1μs, FastFrame 3 NICs can be used across the data center from the core to the edges.

ATTO uses the latest controller technology to accelerate data I/O and deliver industry-leading performance. With end-to-end Quality of Service algorithms built in, network congestion is greatly reduced, even over long distances, ensuring that the fabric runs efficiently and unimpeded by the large amount of storage data that clogs less-reliable networks.

FastFrame 3 adapters have built-in hardware offload engines, including CPU transport layer offload and NVMe over Fabric target offload to accelerate data and reduce server overhead.

FastFrame 3 NICs can negotiate speeds from general-purpose 25GbE up to 100GbE core fabric applications, simply select the cable with an integrated optic that’s right for your job. With ATTO FastFrame 3 there is no need to manage inventory and vendor configurations because one card really does work across your data center.

In addition to FastFrame 3, we offer a full line of legacy FastFrame adapter products that provide end-to-end connectivity options for the most cost-effective and flexible network solution. Legacy FastFrame NICs include optical and 10GBASE-T options.

  • FastFrame cards support "energy efficient Ethernet" and are up to 30% more efficient in their power consumption, drastically reducing data center operating costs
  • Our FastFrame 3 and legacy FastFrame NICs are available in a variety of port configurations, including single and dual channel options, to support diverse operating environments.
  • We offer the most complete line of drivers in the industry that support virtually all infrastructure needs – Windows®, Windows Server®, macOS®, FreeBSD, Linux® and Illumos.

ATTO FastFrame 3 adapters are perfect for content creation applications such as video post-production, finishing, imaging, archiving and workgroup file sharing, and IT applications such as real-time data analytics, high-performance computing (HPC) clusters, hyperconverged servers, and large databases analysis.

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