Mellanox Announces Software Driver Support for ConnectX-4 Ethernet and RoCE on VMware vSphere

August 29, 2016

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Aug. 29 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high performance cloud and storage networking solutions, today announced software driver support for ConnectX-4 Ethernet and RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) on VMware vSphere, the industry’s leading virtualization platform. Now, for the first time, virtualized enterprise applications are able to realize the same industry-leading performance and efficiency as non-virtualized environments. The new vSphere software for ConnectX-4 delivers three critical new capabilities; increased Ethernet network speeds at 25/50 and 100 Gb/s, virtualized application communication over RoCE, and advanced network virtualization and SDN (Software Defined Networking) acceleration support.

Benchmarks show that Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) over 25 Gb/s Ethernet provide more than two times higher efficiency compared to 10 Gb/s Ethernet. In addition, RoCE improves storage access times by up to ten times, while using 50 percent less CPU resources compared to traditional transport. Furthermore, the new vSphere release uses the ConnectX-4 offload engines to accelerate VXLAN virtual networks and VXLAN tunnel endpoint (VTEP) gateways.

Mellanox’s ConnectX-4 supports VMware vSphere clouds with Ethernet networks operating at speeds up to 100 Gb/s, enabling the compute and storage traffic to run over a single wire. This greatly improves the return on investment of Hyperconverged infrastructure and enables multicore CPUs to achieve their full capacity to run applications.

“In the past, customers working in virtual environments in their data centers had to trade off performance for efficiency,” said Motti Beck, senior director, enterprise market development, Mellanox Technologies. “Mellanox’s advanced networking technologies for VMware vSphere enable industry-leading performance and high efficiency.”

“We are happy to collaborate with Mellanox to enable running VMware vSphere-based deployments with high performance networking,” said Mike Adams, senior director, Product Marketing, VMware. “With VMware vSphere and Mellanox technologies, mutual customers can accelerate mission critical applications, while achieving high performance and reduced costs.”

“High performance, reliable fabrics are fundamental to application performance and efficiency,” said JR Rivers, Co-Founder and CTO, Cumulus Networks. “We are pleased to collaborate with Mellanox and deliver the Cumulus Linux and Mellanox Spectrum joint solution to enable RDMA fabrics in vSphere.”

“Adding native RDMA support to VMware vSphere simplifies the deployment and management of Zadara’s VPSA Storage Array in VMware vSphere,” said Noam Shendar, COO, Zadara Storage. “Now, with the use of SSDs and RDMA capable of up to 100GbE networking, and combined with our agile as-a-service business model, users can realize improved performance at a reduced cost which, in turn, maximizes their data center efficiency.”

Mellanox is the industry leader in end-to-end Ethernet solutions, both with the ConnectX-4 and ConnectX-4 Lx adapters, Spectrum family of Ethernet switches, and LinkX cables and optical modules. Mellanox networking solutions provide the highest throughput, lowest latency, and best efficiency for 10/25/40/50 and 100 Gb/s Ethernet speeds. Spectrum Ethernet switches provide fair allocation of bandwidth across all port configurations, manage congestion more efficiently, and eliminate preventable packet loss for all packet sizes.

Demonstrations and presentations at VMworld 2016 U.S. (Aug. 28 – Sept. 1)

Visit Mellanox at booth No. 2223 to learn about the benefits of using CloudX Enterprise and CloudX Telecom with VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN, and VMware NSX, connected by Mellanox’s 10/25/40/50/100 Gb/s Ethernet and RoCE end-to-end solution.

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage.Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.


Source: Mellanox Technologies

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