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September 30, 2010
40Gb/s InfiniBand and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity on a single adapter card provides IT administrators with critical bandwidth, ease-of-use and flexibility
SUNNYVALE, Calif., and YOKNEAM, ISRAEL, Sept. 30 -- Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for datacenter servers and storage systems, today announced that its ConnectX-2 I/O mezzanine adapter card with Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) technology and PhyX PHY technology used in the Dell 10 GbE Pass Through II module are now available through Dell for the PowerEdge M1000e Dell Chassis and M-Series Blade Servers. Mellanox's ConnectX-2 VPI-enabled adapters provide industry-leading performance over InfiniBand and Ethernet, delivering unmatched clustering, GPU-based computing and I/O virtualization performance. The ConnectX-2 mezzanine cards can be used in conjunction with Dell's 10Gb Ethernet Pass Through II module or the Mellanox InfiniScale IV InfiniBand-based M3601Q blade switch which provides flexibility for datacenters, enabling the M-Series servers to attach to InfiniBand and/or 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks via a single mezzanine card.
"The demands on datacenter I/O connectivity continue to increase with the deployment of many-core CPUs, virtualization, networked storage, clustered databases, and low-latency applications in financial services, cloud computing, Web 2.0, and the commercial high-performance computing sector," said John Monson, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "The combination of Mellanox's InfiniBand and Ethernet connectivity products and Dell blade servers provides a simplified, cost-effective solution that meets next-generation datacenter and cluster performance and flexibility requirements, while reducing capital expense and networking complexity."
"Dell's blade servers help reduce datacenter capital expenses while providing IT and cluster administrators with greater bandwidth performance, better CPU utilization, and more efficient use of their datacenter space," said Brian Payne, director, server product management at Dell. "Partnering with Mellanox enables Dell to provide leading server and storage I/O performance with flexibility to support the myriad of communication protocols and network fabrics over a single device, without sacrificing functionality when consolidating I/O."
Mellanox ConnectX-2 VPI cards utilizing either InfiniBand or 10 Gigabit Ethernet with its comprehensive software suite are suited to a variety of business and clustering applications. VPI cards auto-sense the switch fabric and will configure its ports to support InfiniBand or Ethernet automatically. ConnectX-2 40Gb/s InfiniBand with its 1us application latency enables high server productivity and supports application and communication offloads with CORE-Direct and GPU efficiency enhancements via NVIDIA GPUDirect. ConnectX-2 10 Gigabit Ethernet with support for industry-standard RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) delivers Ethernet's lowest latency of 1.3us. FlexBoot enables servers to boot from remote InfiniBand or LAN storage targets and makes it easier for IT managers to deploy infrastructure that meets the challenges of a dynamic datacenter. ConnectX-2 with Virtual Intelligent Queuing (Virtual-IQ) technology provides dedicated adapter resources and guaranteed isolation and protection for virtual machines (VM) within the server. I/O virtualization provides better server utilization and LAN and SAN unification while reducing cost, power and cable complexity.
The Dell 10 Gigabit Ethernet Pass Through II module, utilizing Mellanox PhyX PHY devices, supports 10GBASE-KX4 across the M1000e chassis mid-plane. Each of the 16 SFP+ ports provides direct low-latency access to each server blade. The pass through module is an economical low power solution for connecting the PowerEdge M1000e to larger 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabrics.
Mellanox ConnectX-2 VPI mezzanine adapter cards and Dell 10 Gigabit Ethernet Pass Through II modules are available now through Dell.
Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX; TASE: MLNX) is a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage that optimize datacenter performance. Mellanox products deliver market-leading bandwidth, performance, scalability, power conservation and cost-effectiveness while converging multiple legacy network technologies into one future-proof solution. For the best in performance and scalability, Mellanox is the choice for Fortune 500 datacenters and the world's most powerful supercomputers. Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and Yokneam, Israel. For more information, visit Mellanox at www.mellanox.com.
Source: Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
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