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October 14, 2010
Mellanox ConnectX-2 EN NIC delivers required bandwidth and low latency that tomorrow's datacenters demand
CALABASAS, Calif., Oct. 14 -- Ixia, a leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today announced that Mellanox Technologies used its K2 High Speed Ethernet (HSE) test solution to verify the throughput of their ConnectX-2 EN Ethernet Network Interface Cards (NIC). Mellanox's next generation NIC is designed for datacenters using multiple HSE links, with demands for high throughput and low latency -- handling more than 1.5 terabits per second.
Internet traffic has grown exponentially as greater numbers of users employ more and more complex types of traffic. The effect of this growth on datacenters is substantial. Data transfer between information consumers and information sources, and between many virtualized components, has increased rapidly. Previous solutions -- such as aggregating 10 Gbps links -- complicate datacenter topologies, are costly, and extremely labor-intensive. It is essential that single, higher-speed links be available in the datacenter.
The Mellanox ConnextX-2 EN NIC is designed for converged fabrics in enterprise datacenters, clustered computing, and embedded environments that benefit from high bandwidth, low latency interconnect efficiency. Mellanox chose Ixia's K2 and 10 GE solutions to replace their in-house, industry-grade partial-load solution as their testing needs evolved. Ixia's solution rapidly scaled to Mellanox's traffic demands, checked protocol conformance, generated layer 4-7 traffic, and accurately measured latency, loss, and jitter in real time. Ixia's K2 HSE solution was the best option able to sufficiently stress the ConnextX-2 EN NIC and demonstrate its next-generation abilities.
"The bandwidth necessary to support datacenter applications and traffic is immense, and continues to grow. Conversely, tolerance for datacenter size, power, and cost continues to diminish. Mellanox's leading interconnect devices are designed to deliver the performance and efficiency needed to meet these requirements," said Amit Krig, senior director of engineering at Mellanox Technologies. "In our continuing development of HSE solutions, we needed a recognized leader in HSE testing, with a field-tested product that can generate the amount and types of traffic necessary to really stress our next-generation 40GE NICs. Ixia's solutions perform at our high standards."
"Ixia was first-to-market with an HSE test solution, and has field-proven its value over and over. Mellanox's evolving ConnectX-2 EN Ethernet NICs demonstrate the direction that datacenters are heading -- massive throughput of diverse traffic mixes, with low latency, jitter, and packet loss," said Victor Dembovsky, vice president of sales at RDT Systems, Ixia's exclusive distributor in Israel, Russia, and CIT. "Their adoption of Ixia's K2 product and testing applications is further proof that Ixia and RDT will rise to the challenges of the evolving datacenter."
Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA) is a leading provider of converged IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for wireless and wired infrastructures and services. Ixia's test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex networks, devices and applications. Ixia's multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.
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