Mellanox to use Ixia's products to Test New 100GbE Solutions

By CIOReview | Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CALABASAS, CA: Mellanox Technologies, an end-to-end provider of InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage units. Mellanox has announced it will be using Ixia’s solutions to verify the functionality of the new Mellanox 100GbE solutions. Ixia and Mellanox being members of the 25G Ethernet Consortium are working with the IEEE on the emerging IEEE P802.3by standard for 25GbE.

Ixia, a provider of application performance and security solutions has a few products which will be used by Mellanox to test and verify functionality of its products. Mellanox announces purchase of Ixia’s solutions: Xellon-Multis QSFP28 enhanced 100GbE Load Module, XGS12-SD chassis and IxNetwork, using these solutions Mellanox will run the various tests. This will include the Mellanox ConnectX-4 and ConnectX-4 Lx network adapters, Spectrum switches and LinkX cables and transceivers, which also support 25GbE and 50GbE functionality.

With rapidly growing bandwidth requirements for service providers and data centers, 10GbE and 40GbE technologies are straining and soon going to be a thing of the past. Owing to these challenges that are or will soon be at hand service providers and hyper-scale data centers are on the lookout for high-density 100GbE networking infrastructure solutions to meet these demands.

To meet the growing demand and to be cash in on the requirements, equipment manufacturers are rapidly increasing port densities and delivering multi-rate switch ports. Mellanox Technologies and other equipment manufacturers catering to this rapidly growing sector are leveraging support from Ixia.

Equipment manufacturers look to use Ixia’s QSFP28 and SFP28 interface technology, and Ixia’s high-density 100GbE load module to assist with the move to higher density 100GbE products. Equipped with four 100GbE ports per blade, Ixia’s high-density 100GbE load module will help Mellanox Technologies and other equipment manufacturers address their challenges of up scaling from current 40GbE to 100GbE.

Mellanox delivers products performing advanced processing at different network layers, using Ixia’s systems validation of the various layers and protocol stacks are being achieved. The validation involves, an end-to-end 100GbE Mellanox ecosystem comprising of adapters, switches and interconnect products. Mellanox with the help of Ixia’s solutions is able to validate the physical layer, MAC layer and upper-layer complex network stacks such as IP Routing and VXLAN. Solutions from Ixia build on its first-to-market native QSFP28 Xellon-Multis load modules, they are able to do so by providing 100GbE speed in a native QSFP28 transceiver.