Every year a flurry of new world records in various fields are set or broken. It appears that 2018 will be no exception to this trend. The New Year has hardly begun, yet records have already been shattered, starting with the coldest January in the Midwest reaching a record-breaking minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit (- 50 Celsius)!
Data centers, too, are experiencing their own wave of record-breaking hits. Just consider our global appetite for connectivity, reflected in both our businesses and personal lives. From connecting with others via Social Media, to capturing, storing and analyzing data from IoT devices, biz apps, streaming, e-commerce, smart phones and more – 2018 promises to be the biggest year for “Even Bigger” Data Analytics. According to IDC, the world will create 180 zettabytes of data (or 180 trillion gigabytes) in 2025 – that’s 18 times more data than the amount generated a mere 3 years ago, in 2015. And, it’s up to the modern data centers to cope with this explosion of data that tends to suck up huge amounts of compute and storage resources.
In the 2018 landscape of Big Data, Big Speed and Big “Everything,” your Ethernet data center’s performance will be a key driver of competitive advantage, with the potential to lead you toward the forefront of your industry. Start off the year by taking advantage of Mellanox Ethernet end-to-end solutions and remain confident that your data center will be able to handle any record-breaking amount of data passing through its pipes.
Mellanox Ethernet End to End Interconnect Solutions deliver a unique price-performance value proposition for network and storage solutions. Our comprehensive Ethernet portfolio enables end-to-end 10/25/40/50/56/100Gb/s and soon to come 200/400 Gb/s for diverse applications and systems across financial services, hyper-scale, public and private clouds, storage, artificial intelligence, and virtualized environments.
To help customers and partners cope with the record-breaking onslaught of modern data center traffic, network demands and unique customer needs, Mellanox Ethernet solutions are continuously evolving, offloading more tasks from the CPU and enabling greater reliability and power usage for optimal data center efficiency, performance and scalability. Using Mellanox, you will gain the highest throughput and lowest latency at the lowest cost for the best return on investment.
Now let’s go one step further to understand how Mellanox solution delivers its promises:
Driving the feeds and speeds with ConnectX® Adapter Cards
Mellanox 10/25/40/50/56/100 (and soon to arrive) 200GbE ConnectX network adapters deliver industry-leading connectivity for performance-driven server and storage applications. ConnectX-5 dual port 100Gb/s Ethernet network adapter offers advanced accelerations, including RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), NVME over Fabrics and virtual switch offloads. ConnectX-5 network acceleration technology frees up the CPU’s resources for the compute tasks, allowing for higher scalability and efficiency within the data center. And talking about breaking records, ConnectX-5 is capable of a smashing 139 million packets per second (Mpps) of forwarding capabilities running the open source Data Path Development Kit (DPDK). How about that?
Our latest and coolest offering to enter the Mellanox playing field is BlueField Multicore System on Chip (SoC), which integrates a ConnectX®-5 controller, an array of high-performance 64-bit Arm A72 processor cores and a PCIe Gen3 and Gen4 switch. Arguably the most highly integrated and efficient flash controller in the market, and in the purest Mellanox tradition, BlueField is already setting – only a few days after landing in Mellanox labs- new NVMe-over-Fabrics performance records, demonstrating seven and a half million IOPS during initial testing, with zero CPU utilization, and record low latency. As a SmartNIC, BlueField is capable of accelerating a multitude of security, networking and storage workloads. This means that BlueField will help you handle the waves of data anticipated to break on your data center shores!
At the heart of your Ethernet data center sits Mellanox Spectrum™ Open Ethernet Switches, providing versatile data center rack and server level interconnectivity. Optimized to support the requirements of today’s performance-demanding data centers, Spectrum switches support all speeds (1GbE-100GbE), at line rate, with low latency and zero packet loss. With its high performance, intelligent congestion notification and consistently low latency, Mellanox Spectrum switches are ideal for building Ethernet Storage Fabrics. No wonder HPE picked Spectrum Ethernet storage switches for their M-series!
In addition, Spectrum Ethernet switches have the best RDMA over converged Ethernet (RoCE) implementation both in terms of throughput and intelligent congestion management. Spectrum switches were recently picked by Baidu and Meituan to build their artificial intelligence infrastructure.
Spectrum has the most scalable and thorough implementation of VXLAN, supporting more than 750 peering switches and over 100K tunnels. With Spectrum switch series, you can enjoy the advantages of open networking – you are free to pick your NOS of choice. At Mellanox we do not believe in vendor lock-in!
Mellanox LinkX cables and transceivers make 100Gb/s deployments as easy and universal as 10Gb/s links. Mellanox Ethernet optical transceivers are 100% tested on Mellanox equipment to ensure optimal signal integrity and the best end-to-end performance. Because Mellanox offers one of industry’s broadest portfolio of 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100Gb/s Direct Attach Copper cables (DACs), Copper Splitter cables, Active Optical Cables (AOCs) and Transceivers, every data center reach from 0.5m to 10km is supported. To maximize system performance, Mellanox tests every product in an end-to-end environment, assuring a Bit Error Rate of less than 1E-15, 1000x better than many of our competitors.
With record-breaking demands on the data center, start off the new year by placing your data center at the top of your list of resolutions for 2018. In today’s unprecedented competitive IT landscape, using Mellanox’s world-leading Ethernet solutions to maximize your data center’s potential is not only the best decision for your business; it’s a necessity. Contact Mellanox today to find out how we can help, and visit www.mellanox.com/ethernet to learn more about our world-class Ethernet interconnect solutions.