Monday, October 15, 2012

Mellanox SwitchX-2 Silicon Virtualizes Infiniband and Ethernet SANs

Mellanox introduced its SwitchX-2 switching silicon optimized for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and featuring the company's  Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) technology, which allows for simultaneous connection to InfiniBand or Ethernet with integrated gateways to legacy data center and storage systems.

SwitchX-2 breaks new ground by incorporating RDMA-based 56Gb/s Ethernet and InfiniBand, while packing 4Tbps of aggregate switching capacity. It also promises low power consumption, extremely low 170ns latency, hardware-based L2/L3 congestion management for highest efficiency and hardware-based data error correction for highest reliability.

Mellanox said the SDN capabilities, including remote configurable routing tables, lossless and congestion free networks, efficient control planes, and SDN-optimized software interfaces, will bring a number of advantages.  IT managers will be able to program and centralize their server and storage interconnect management and dramatically reduce their operational expenses by completely virtualizing their data center network.

“Mellanox’s SwitchX-2 VPI switch leads the industry with the highest throughput capacity, low latency with nearly zero jitter, as well as advanced SDN interfaces for control and management,” said David Barzilai, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “SDN technology has been a critical component of the InfiniBand scalable architecture and has been proven worldwide in data centers and clusters of tens-of-thousands of servers. Now, with SwitchX-2, Mellanox provides the most efficient SDN solution for both InfiniBand and Ethernet data centers. Mellanox’s fast, RDMA-based interconnect technology leads the competition in terms of performance, SDN technology and return-on-investment advantages it brings to IT and application managers.”

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