Monday, April 26, 2010

Mellanox Launches InfiniBand-Ethernet-Fibre Channel Gateway

Mellanox Technologies launched its BridgeX BX5020, an InfiniBand to Ethernet and/or Fibre Channel gateway system in a 1 RU box. The BX5020, in conjunction with ConnectX-2 Adapters, enables Enterprise Data Centers, Cloud and High Performance Computing server clusters to share the same fabric for computing, networking and storage traffic.

Mellanox said its new gateway enables InfiniBand's inherent bandwidth and latency performance, QoS, and scalability benefits to transparently apply to Ethernet and Fibre Channel deployments. Some product highlights:

  • Four 40Gb/s InfiniBand server switch facing ports

  • Up to 12 10GigE LAN and iSCSI SAN facing ports

  • Up to 16 1/2/4/8Gb/s Fibre Channel SAN facing ports

  • A flexible mix of Ethernet and Fibre Channel ports

  • Ultra low-latency gateway system with less than 200ns latency between InfiniBand and Ethernet or Fibre Channel

  • Support for virtual I/O and a large number of virtual machines through instantiation of up to 8000 virtual NICs and HBAs.