As servers get faster, network speed and latency is impacted by the performance of network adapters inside the server. There are many after market options for radically improving the throughput and latency performance.
I was attending the Powering the Cloud conference in Frankfurt, Germany in October and while cruising the show floor I got into a conversation with Russell Stern, CEO of Solarflare who make really fancy network adapters. Most people know Cisco UCS and VIC adapters have the ability that perform hardware virtualization and improve network throughput, but did you know that other companies have the same features.
I was intrigued to hear more and recorded this 20 minute discussion on how a high quality network adapter can improve the performance of the network to server connectivity.