This excerpt taken from the MRVL 10-K filed Apr 14, 2005.
Management of Data
Today's communication networks are being re-architected to efficiently support voice, video and data. Instead of equipping and managing disparate systems one for voice, one for video, one for data the convergence of these systems creates a single, more efficient system. In the rush to provide converged networking advantages to their customers, today's broadband communications companies face significant issues, including the fact that voice networks are inefficient for transferring data and data-optimized networks were not designed to carry voice or video. To efficiently support voice, video and data, each point in the network must be re-architected to allow these different types of data to move through a single converged network with reliability and quality. Data must be managed and routed intelligently through the system in such converged networks. Sophisticated data management techniques differentiate voice, video and data in order to seamlessly transmit voice and video transmissions without interruption. Additionally, the management of data allows for service providers to guarantee Quality of Service, to bill for services, to establish service level agreements, to provide redundancy for high reliability, and to effectively bridge Ethernet to other technologies like Packet-Over-Synchronous optical network (SONET), or PoS and asynchronous transfer mode, or ATM.