Mellanox Collaborates with Dell to Maximize Application Performance in Virtualized Data Centers

Dell Fluid Cache for SAN is enabled by ConnectX®-3 10/40GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs) with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA). The Dell Fluid Cache for SAN solution reduces latency and improves I/O performance for applications such as Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

Dell lab tests have revealed that Dell Fluid Cache for SAN can reduce the average response time by 99 percent and achieve four times more transactions per second with a six-fold increase in concurrent users**.


“Dell Fluid Cache for SAN was designed to meet the needs of a ‘right-now’ experience. When a customer demands a webpage to load instantly or an application to respond in a second or less, businesses must respond immediately in order to remain competitive.” said Brian Payne, Executive Director of Server Solutions at Dell. “Our collaboration with Mellanox helps us provide our customers with high performance and bandwidth, lower latency and reduced operating costs to deliver this “right-now” response.”

Mellanox’s dual port 10/40GbE NICs with RDMA help customers utilize their data by increasing mobility and scalability at the highest throughput while lowering CPU overhead and application costs. Mellanox 40GbE adapters deliver the fastest Ethernet speeds with backwards compatibility to 10GbE for infrastructure flexibility.

Customers deploying Dell solutions with Mellanox’s high performance interconnects benefit from application throughput, flexibility and stability with a platform capable of powering the heavy workloads challenging data centers today. The collaboration brings forth a scalable solution offering high efficiency, exceptional computing density and low total cost of ownership.


**On a Dell Lab test configuration using an 8 node cluster of OLTP running on Oracle database workload simulation, on a Dell hardware stack, Dell Fluid Cache for SAN achieved an average response of 6 milliseconds and 12,609 transactions per second, while simultaneously supporting 14,000 simultaneous users. This is a 4X increase in transactions per second, a 6X increase in concurrent users, and a 99% faster response time than the same test, on the same hardware stack, without Dell Fluid Cache for SAN.


Ronnie PayneAuthor: Ronnie Payne has been in technology sales for 17 years focused on servers, storage, networking, cloud, big data, and high performance computing. He currently serves as OEM Business Development Manager for Mellanox Technologies supporting their relationship with Dell. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin. He resides in Austin, Texas.

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