NIC driver question
f.bonnet at esiee.fr
Tue Nov 21 05:34:27 PST 2006
Nathan Vidican wrote:
> Frank Bonnet wrote:
>> I will receive in few days my new mail server the machine will
>> be an IBM X3650 bi xeon.
>> I wonder what would be the "best" network interface to
>> plug in (if necessary) as I don't know for now what is
>> the builtin interfaces in this machine.
>> To be clear I'm asking gurus on what is the "best FreeBSD supported"
>> NIC driver to avoid eventual perfomances problems.
>> Thanks a lot.
> As for 100mbit cards:
> Hands-down, Intel 'fxp'-driven cards... rock solid in terms of
> performance and stability; never had a single unit go bad, used hundreds
> of them, including dual and quad-port cards.
> On the gigabit side:
> I've had great luck with broadcom cards using the 'bge' driver, and a
> few intel cards utilizing the 'em', but nothing real extensive or
> saturated enough to authoratively say they work under extreme pressure
> or anything. I've got a couple of dual-opteron servers here with dual
> on-board broadcom gigabit cards that have ben running flawlessly for
> over 2 years now, (uptime 378 days on one, the others were rebooted
> several weeks ago to be relocated to a different rack). Knock-on-wood,
> no panics or mysterious network outages as of yet - so I'd say they're
> fairly stable - but again, never end up near saturated over here to give
> you an answer on performance.
> Anyhow, just my two cents - if you don't need gigabit, ya can't go wrong
> with Intel 'fxp'-driven cards :)
OK thank you Nathan
I'll need the gigabit X 2 as we extensively use the imap protocol
( 500 , 600 imap processes during work hours )
thanks for your feedback
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