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Dec 2018 - Technology Assessment - Doc # US44508018

Smart/Intelligent NICs: Enabling Next-Generation Networks

By: Abhi Dugar


This IDC study examines why the iNIC market is gaining traction and greater share of the total NIC market; various iNIC implementation approaches such as those based on FPGAs, ASICs, and general-purpose CPU core-based SoCs; and iNIC vendor solutions based on these implementation choices. The study also delves into the iNIC adoption strategies and needs of end users, including cloud service providers and telecommunications service providers.

"The smart/intelligent NIC market has matured considerably over past few years and continues to evolve," said Abhi Dugar, research director, Network Infrastructure and IoT Security. "While cloud service providers have been driving the iNIC market, telecommunication service providers are also leveraging the variety of iNIC solutions that are being introduced."