Jan. 9 — Mellanox’s Switch X-2 based SX1012 Ethernet Switch is now available from Distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC). Claimed to be a cost-effective solution for small-scale high-performance computing, storage and database deployments, the unit provides 12 ports of 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) at the smallest footprint in the industry with two systems fitting into a single 1U height, in a standard 19 inch rack. Each port can be configured to provide up to 56 GbE line rate to further enhance the performance capabilities of the switch and can be split into four standalone 10 GbE interfaces. This allows it to be used in migration scenarios from 10 GbE to 40/56 GbE server and storage connectivity.
“The switch is small and compact and allows you to install up to 48 10 GbE connections. High performance and low latency on the ports is notable and it allows customers to future proof installations, as they may require 10 Gb today but may need 40 Gb tomorrow. It is ideal for high performance networking environments such as mining organisations that store geological maps that have very large file sizes or JSE-listed companies that need fast access to large amounts of data,” says Raul Del Fabbro, storage division manager at DCC.
The switch solution is based on the manufacturer’s Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) technology and can run the full capabilities of MLNX-OS to enable the switch to work in mutual Ethernet and InfiniBand environments for maximum usability in various scenarios.
“It is a great fit for small-scale storage and database applications, providing very high throughput capacity in a compact enclosure,” says Gilad Shainer, VP of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “We are seeing increased market demand for small-scale 40 GbE switches that can enable the creation of small high-performance clusters, storage solutions and database appliances. The new switch delivers the right solution for these environments, removing the need for larger, more expensive switch platforms.”