Amazon’s newly announced HPC offering in the form of Cluster Compute Instances has made big waves in the HPC and cloud space alike this week but as the surprise wears off, some are asking critical questions about the 10GbE decision and the performance in practice.
The axis of datacenter networks is shifting and for companies like Arista Networks and other high performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch vendors, this is opportunity knocking. The North-South network traffic pattern of client-server computing that dominated the industry for so long is giving way to high performance East-West networks where server-to-server communication is paramount.
Company claims products provide 4X the bandwidth of 10GbE at the same price point.
This week Mellanox announced a refinement of its ConnectX line with the ConnectX-2 architecture. This latest evolution enhances its combination InfiniBand/Ethernet network adapter cards with new features, such added support for IEEE DCB standards and enhanced RDMA access, while maintaining the advantages of the previous line for those needing to support multiple protocols with limited server real estate.
So far, 10GbE has been a high-end luxury for environments that want maximum performance regardless of cost, but that’s changing fast. The per-port pricing gap between 10GbE and alternate network options is narrowing rapidly as more vendors increase the competitive pressure on pricing for related components.
Leveraging the momentum it has achieved with 40 Gbps InfiniBand, Mellanox Technologies is entering the network gateway business. Today the company introduced BridgeX, a technology that offers fabric convergence for SAN and LAN infrastructure in multi-protocol datacenters.
Cisco’s unified fabric strategy for the datacenter will be based on new 10 Gigabit Ethernet technologies, leaving little room for InfiniBand.
Arastra, a startup that introduced its high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches in 2007, has changed its name to Arista Networks, and with it, a new focus on the emerging cloud computing market. The company has tapped former Cisco VP Jayshree Ullal as the president and CEO, and Arista co-founder Andreas (Andy) Bechtolsheim as the chief development officer and chairman.
Intel has acquired the assets of NetEffect, an Austin-based company that makes iWARP-capable adapters. Intel will inherit NetEffect’s product portfolio, which includes 1 and 10 GbE accelerated adapters, 10 GbE adapters for blade configurations as well as a 10 GbE ASIC.