Monthly Archives: January 2013

RDMA Interconnects for Storage: Fast, Efficient Data Delivery

Written By: Erin Filliater, Enterprise Market Development Manager

We all know that we live in a world of data, data and more data. In fact, IDC predicts that in 2015, the amount of data created and replicated will reach nearly 8 Zettabytes. With all of this data stored in external storage systems, the way data is transferred from storage to a server or application becomes critical to effectively utilizing that information. Couple this with today’s shrinking IT budgets and “do more with less” mindsets, and you have a real challenge on your hands. So, what’s a data center storage administrator to do?

Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) based interconnects offer an ideal option for boosting data center efficiency, reducing overall complexity and increasing data delivery performance. Available over InfiniBand and Ethernet, with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), RDMA allows data to be transferred from storage to server without passing the data through the CPU and main memory path of TCP/IP Ethernet. Greater CPU and overall system efficiencies are attained because the storage and servers’ compute power is used for just that—computing—instead of processing network traffic. Bandwidth and latency are also of interest: both InfiniBand and RoCE feature microsecond transfer latencies, and bandwidths up to 56Gb/s. Plus, both can be effectively used for data center interconnect consolidation. This translates to screamingly fast application performance, better storage and data center utilization and simplified network management.

On a performance basis, RDMA based interconnects are actually more economical than other alternatives, both in initial cost and in operational expenses. Additionally, because RDMA interconnects are available with such high bandwidths, fewer cards and switch ports are needed to achieve the same storage throughput. This enables savings in server PCIe slots and data center floor space, as well as overall power consumption. It’s an actual solution for the “do more with less” mantra.

So, the next time your application performance isn’t making the grade, rather than simply adding more CPUs, storage and resources, maybe it’s time to consider a more efficient data transfer path.

Find out more: http://www.mellanox.com/page/storage

Mellanox Named HP’s 2012 Innovation Supplier of the Year

We’re thrilled to start out 2013 with some great news: Mellanox was named HP’s 2012 Innovation Supplier of the Year at last month’s annual HP Supplier Summit in San Francisco.

Mellanox was chosen as the top supplier out of 600 worldwide contractors across all HP product lines. To determine the winner of the Innovation Supplier of the Year Award, HP evaluated an elite group of suppliers with outstanding performance exemplifying principles of delivering greater value, including enhanced revenue, cost savings and process efficiencies.

Earlier this year, Mellanox announced that its Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions are now available through HP to deliver leading application performance for the HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers. Specific products available include: Mellanox ConnectX®-3 PCIe 3.0 FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand adapters and 10/40GbE NICs, and SwitchX® FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand switch blades and systems. Mellanox offers the only interconnect option for the HP ProLiant Gen8 servers that includes PCIe 3.0-compliant adapters.

We look forward to the continued partnership with HP in 2013. And stay tuned to our blog to learn more about new and innovative partnerships between Mellanox and its customers throughout the year.