Monthly Archives: April 2014

See the Elephant’s Room in Vegas!

Las Vegas, Nevada is not only the home of games, art, shows and fun, also serves as home to one of the largest Hadoop clusters in the world!

 

Racks in the Switch SuperNAP - Photo Courtesy of Switch
Racks in the Switch SuperNAP – Photo Courtesy of Switch

During the upcoming 2014 EMC World show, we invite you to join us for an informative tour of SuperNAP, The World’s leader in Data Center EcoSystem Development and home of the 1000-node Hadoop cluster.  In this tour, we will show how a Hadoop cluster is deployed in a co-location data center, maintained and provide analytics tools for a large community of businesses and academic institutes. It will be a great opportunity to learn about actual working cluster workloads, design considerations and available tools for next generation businesses opportunities in Big Data.

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Virtual Modular Switch (VMS) Values for Your Data Center

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Building a large scale data center is not an easy task and one that includes considerable cost. The larger the cluster is, the larger the core switching element needs to be to carry traffic between servers and storage elements of the data center.

 

Multiple redundancy and distribution mechanisms are needed to avoid network outages, make implementations resilient and reduce the business impact of failed network elements.

 

The Virtual Modular Switch (VMS) solution provides a distributed core element to the data center.  The VMS is logically placed where you would traditionally place a chassis.  Its benefit is targeted for increased resiliency by offering built-in redundancy and distribution of the networking load between multiple elements.

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Mellanox and IBM Collaborate to Provide Leading Data Center Solution Infrastructures

Mellanox recently announced a collaboration with IBM to produce a tightly integrated server and storage solutions that incorporate our end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet interconnect solutions with IBM POWER CPUs.  By combining IBM POWER CPUs with the world’s highest-performance interconnect solution will drive data at optimal rates, maximizing performance and efficiency for all types of applications and workloads, as well as enable dynamic storage solutions to allow multiple applications to efficiently share data repositories.

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Advances in high-performance applications are enabling analysts, researchers, scientists and engineers to run more complex and detailed simulations and analyses in a bid to gather game-changing insights and deliver new products to market. This is placing greater demand on existing IT infrastructures, driving a need for instant access to resources – compute, storage, and network.

 

Companies are looking for faster and more efficient ways to drive business value from their applications and data.  The combination of IBM processor technologies and Mellanox high-speed interconnect solutions can provide clients with an advanced and efficient foundation to achieve their goals.

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4K Video Drives New Demands

This week, Las Vegas hosts the National Association of Broadcasters conference, or NAB Show. A big focus is the technology needed to deliver movies and TV shows using 4K video.

Standard DVD video resolution is 720×480. Blue-ray resolution is 1920×1080. But, thanks to digital projection in movie theatres and huge flat-screen TVs at home, more video today is being shot in 4K (4096×2160) resolutions.  The video is stored compressed but must be streamed uncompressed for many editing, rendering, and other post-production workflows. Each frame has over 8 million pixels and requires 24x greater bandwidth than DVD (4x greater bandwidth than Blue-ray).

 

Bandwidth and network ports required for Uncompressed 4K & 8K video
Bandwidth and network ports required for Uncompressed 4K & 8K video

 

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Mellanox Global Education Services: A Comprehensive Training Solution

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The world of information technologies is chaotic.  Technologists are expected to learn, keep pace and implement ever-evolving technologies.  As a technology manager, you will face challenges related to bridging the knowledge gap on your team.  Your education and training solution should address these needs:

  • Always available:  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,  On Demand availability
  • A variety of education options including online, face to face instructor- led and remote training
  • Self-paced learning systems to allow learners to work around their own schedules
  • Operational flexibility
  • Customizable
  • Affordable

With these challenges in mind, Mellanox has customized its Global Education Services to provide more resources for your team.  All training includes:

 

  • Learners’ support channels, such as the “Ask the Expert” feature
  • Knowledge standardization and verification
  • Access to extra free content
  • Ability to track  and examine learner achievements
  • Official global certification by Mellanox

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