Category Archives: Storage

16 Ways LinkX DAC Cables are “Breaking Out” All Over Servers and Storage

Part I of Three Part Blog Series on Cables & Transceivers CAT-5e cabling and 1GBASE-T have dominated the data center interconnect scene for 15 plus years. However, the transition to 10G Ethernet proved to be a significant hindrance in both power consumption and cost. That’s when Direct Attach Copper (DAC) cabling, aka Twinax, snuck in […]

Ceph For Databases? Yes You Can, and Should

Ceph is traditionally known for both object and block storage, but not for database storage. While its scale-out design supports both high capacity and high throughput, the stereotype is that Ceph doesn’t support the low latency and high IOPS typically required by database workloads. However, recent testing by Red Hat, Supermicro, and Percona—one of the […]

Converging On the Hyper-converged Infrastructure

The world is converging these days.   On tour with Nutanix at their .NEXT events, I just spent the past few weeks hopping from one city to another, and I got myself a serious case of travel vertigo. Whether I was in Beijing, or Tokyo, or Vegas, I kept hearing the word ‘hyper-converged’ being bandied […]

No Wrinkles as Mellanox Powers NVMe over Fabrics Demos at Flash Memory Summit and IDF

Mellanox just rounded out a two very busy weeks with back-to-back trade shows related to storage. We were at Flash Memory Summit August 9-11 in Santa Clara, followed by Intel Developer Forum (IDF) August 16-18 in San Francisco. A common theme was seeing Mellanox networking everywhere for demonstrating the performance of flash storage. The fun […]

Resilient RoCE Relaxes RDMA Requirements

RoCE — or RDMA over Converged Ethernet — has already proven to be the most popular choice for cloud deployments of Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA). And it’s increasingly being used for fast flash storage access, such as with NVMe Over Fabrics. But some customers prefer not to configure their networks to be lossless using […]

ISC 2016 Recap

Last week we participated at the International Supercomputing conference – ISC’16. In reality, the event started the weekend before, kicked off by the HP-CAST conference where Mellanox presented to the entire HP-CAST audience our newest smart interconnect solutions; solutions that enable the highest application performance and best cost-performance compute and storage infrastructures. At ISC’16 we […]

The Drive for 25: HPE Introduces New 25GbE NICs

At the Discover Conference earlier this month, HPE introduced exciting new 25G networking technology in their “Drive for 25” including dual-port 25GbE adapters, in both mezzanine and stand-up PCIe card form factors. These new adapters — based on the Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx silicon — enable cloud and enterprise customers to improve network performance and efficiency […]

Top Ten Mellanox Blogs for Your Cool Summer Reading

Summer is finally here and with it, many avid readers like to compile a summer reading list for all those blistering summer days by the pool, basking at the beach, or even while waiting for the coals to heat up for that annual family bar-be-que. Instead of tackling the Lord of the Rings again or […]

Euro 2016 Is the Year of (SN) 2000

SN2700, SN2410 and SN2100 are the high speed Ethernet switches that Europe loves to embrace today, in 2016. It is spreading all over Europe, it is happening within the cloud services and host providers, health care industry, universities and others. What is exactly the buzz? Mellanox sets the standard level of switch products back to […]

The New Mellanox/Cumulus SN2100: A Revolutionary Approach to Top-of-Rack Switching

Does your Data Center / Cloud run racks with 40 or more servers? Then you are probably paying more than you should for your network, and you are probably consuming too much real estate and power. With Mellanox’s SN2100 Top of Rack (ToR) switch you can change all that. Web-scaled companies have created major shifts […]