Mellanox and ProLabs Collaborate

August 4, 2014

CIRENCESTER, England, Aug. 4 — Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions, and ProLabs, the leading independent provider of global optical network infrastructure products, jointly announced  that ProLabs has been appointed to supply Mellanox’s comprehensive LinkX product portfolio of 10/40/56Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet QSFP+ and SFP+ cables and modules in the EMEA region and the United States.

“It’s a very significant strategic opportunity for both firms,” said ProLabs CEO Nick Moglia.  “Mellanox is synonymous with highly advanced and innovative interconnect technology and ProLabs have established themselves as one of the leading innovators in providing reliable, cost effective components in the network product space. Together we believe we develop high-quality technology, which is reliable, robust and cost-effective.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with ProLabs to deliver our combined high-speed interconnect solution in the EMEA market,” said Darrin Chen, vice president of worldwide channel sales at Mellanox Technologies. “Whether the application is Ethernet or InfiniBand, cloud or Web 2.0, server to top-of-rack, server to storage or switch to switch, LinkX cables and modules maximize ROI with superior performance, flexibility and scalability.”

To ensure that every LinkX cable or transceiver works the first time and every time, Mellanox subjects its products to a full system test in a stressed environment. All LinkX interconnect products endure full system testing to Bit Error Rate (BER) 10-15 in order to maximize overall data centre performance. BER 10-15 provides 1,000X fewer transmission errors than many competing products. Fewer transmission errors translate to higher system performance and more revenue generating traffic.

Product Advantages

Mellanox/ ProLabs aim to provide clear advantages with the following:

  • A low bit error rate (BER) better than 10-15
  • 100 percent production tested cables
  • Expanded range of cables and transceivers up to 56Gb/s products (a 40 percent improvement over more orthodox 40Gb/s solutions)
  • Direct Attach Cables (DACs) with colored jackets and colored pull tabs to reduce the chance of error in connecting server, switch and routing ports, shortens cluster installation time, and simplifies interconnect debugging and network management.

Further details of the ProLabs and Mellanox agreement will be communicated at the 2014 ECOC Exhibition in September.

About ProLabs

ProLabs is the leading global independent provider of optical network infrastructure products. The company offers an extensive range of high-quality products including optical and copper transceivers, memory, cabling, media converters and solid state drives. With an unrelenting commitment to quality, service and support, the company is the only mid-tier provider offering customisation and lifetime product warranties. ProLabs’ global headquarters are located in Cirencester, UK, with offices in the Netherlands, Minneapolis, MN USA and San Francisco, CA USA.  For more information, visit www.prolabs.com.

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 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 atwww.mellanox.com.

Source: ProLabs

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