Mellanox's Hyper-Converged Platform Enables Enterprises to Scale VMs on Existing Infrastructure

By CIOReview | Friday, October 16, 2015
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Mellanox Technologies, a provider of end-to-end interconnect solutions, announces the availability of hyper converged platforms for enterprise private clouds and telecom service providers.

 The platforms leverage VMware vSphere’s advanced features such as VMware Virtual SAN 6’s all flash and VMware NSX network virtualization platform connected over Mellanox’s 40Gb/s Ethernet inbox driver with DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) support running over SwitchX switches, ConnectX-3 Pro Network Interface Cards (NICs) and LinkX cables.

Benchmarks have reflected that customers running over 40Gb/s experienced a threefold increase in application bandwidth and elevated overall cluster efficiency with use of VMware Virtual SAN. This advances job completion by eliminating bottlenecks associated with accessing servers and solid-state drive (SSD) based storage over 10Gb/s Ethernet.

Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro 40Gb/s Ethernet NIC is supported in VMware vSphere 6 with a host of acceleration engines. Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN), and SR-IOV (single root I/O virtualization) helps in minimizing the latency of the DPDK that is essential for network functions virtualization (NFV) required by telecom service providers.

 VMware Virtual SAN is a hypervisor-converged storage software embedded in VMware vSphere 6, it supports all-flash configuration and delivers uniform performance regardless of workload. VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform, which enables a new operational model for networking.

“CloudX hyper-converged platforms enable efficient cloud deployments to be built with minimum risks,” says Kevin Deierling, VP, Marketing, Mellanox Technologies. “Now enterprises and telecom service providers can meet their operational goals and maximize the number of virtual machines running over the same infrastructure, by running VMware technologies over proven platforms connected by 40Gb/s Ethernet interconnect.”