Category Archives: Ethernet

Mangstor & Mellanox Show NVMe Over Fabrics Solution To Reduce Latency Tax

This week the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show is going full swing in Las Vegas and Ethernet Technology Summit (ETS) is running in Santa Clara, California. Today in the United States also happens to be Tax Day, when you must file your return and pay any extra taxes owed to the US Government.  That makes it a great time to show a new solution that aims to eliminate latency “taxes” from flash storage—it’s called NVMe Over Fabrics.

What Is NVMe and Why Would I Want It?

First a brief history of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express): Traditionally flash storage is connected by SAS or SATA disk interfaces or a PCIe slot with proprietary drivers. SAS and SATA are proven solutions but they—and the included SCSI protocol layer–are designed for spinning disk, not flash. NVMe standardizes a flash-optimized command set to access to flash devices over a PCIe bus, eliminating the SCSI latency tax. NVMe devices are shipping now with native drivers for Linux, Windows, and VMware.

Rob Davis availability of NVMe drivers
Figure 1: Availability of NVMe drivers

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Optimized Server Networking for High Performance Infrastructures

Customers today are seeking low latency operations to enable high performance cloud computing, big data, database and virtualization applications.  To meet this demand, Mellanox has collaborated with HP to optimize the HP ProLiant Server networking for high performance infrastructures.

LJ Miller 040815 HP Ethernet 10Gb 546FLR-SFP+ 2-port adapter
HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 546FLR-SFP+ Adapter

HP recently announced two new adapters–the first in the HP Ethernet 
adapter family–based on the Mellanox ConnectX®-3 Pro 10GbE.  These adapters are optimized for fast, efficient and scalable cloud and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 546FLR-SFP+ and 546SFP+ Stand-up adapters for ProLiant Gen9 rack servers are specifically designed to optimize cloud efficiency, improve performance and security of applications.

 

LJ Miller 040815 HP Ethernet 10Gb 546SFP+ 2-port adapter
HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 546SFP+ Adapter

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