Affirmed Networks Partners with Mellanox to Further Boost NFV Deployment Efficiency

I am very excited that after engaging with Affirmed Networks for extensive integration and certification testing, Mellanox is now officially a partner of this leading virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) provider and key supplier of AT&T Domain 2.0 initiative. Through this mutually beneficial partnership, Mellanox aims to boost Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud (MCC) Virtualized Network […]

What Happened to the Good Old RFC2544?

Compromising on the basics has resulted in broken data centers… After the Spectrum vs. Tomahawk Tolly report was published, people asked me: “Why was this great report commissioned to Tolly? Isn’t there an industry benchmark where multiple switch vendors participate?” So, the simple answer is: No, unfortunately there isn’t… Up until about 3 years ago, […]

Empower Converged IT Platforms for SMBs with Mellanox & Nutanix

As SMBs grow their businesses in the era of Web 2.0, their IT platforms need to cope with business expansion and support newly added online services. However, modernizing the existing IT infrastructure is often quite challenging, due to budget and operational constraints. SMBs have neither the scale to utilize complicated and expensive IT solutions developed […]

Becoming Familiar with the Mellanox “Smart Interconnect”

Mellanox is renowned for furthering development toward a more effective and efficient interconnect, and today we’re weaving intelligence into the interconnect fabric, improving our acceleration engines, and adding  improved capabilities that further remove communication tasks from the CPU and dramatically increase system efficiency. Historically, increases in performance have been achieved around a CPU-centric mindset, with […]

What Does Lego Have to Do with Ethernet Networking? The Enduring Appeal of LEGO to Open Composable Networks

We live in an age when new trends of toys and gadgets rise and fade in a matter of years or even months, yet somehow LEGO®, the humble toy that is almost 80 years old, still maintains its charm among kids and adults alike. One of the keys to LEGO’s enduring appeal is that it […]

25 Is the New 10, 50 Is the new 40, 100 Is the New Amazing

(This blog was inspired by an insightful article in EE Times, written by my colleague, Chloe Jian Ma.) The latest buzz about Ethernet is that 25GbE is coming. Scratch that, it’s already here and THE hot topic in the Ethernet world, with multiple vendors sampling 25GbE wares and Mellanox already shipping an end-to-end solution with […]

Can you Afford an Unpredictable Network?

For many a predictable network is simply assumed. But it turns out that at the most advanced network speeds predictable performance is extremely hard to deliver, and some vendors actually fall short. Unfortunately, for application level and data center architects the unpredictability of the underlying network can be hidden from view. It is fruitless trying […]

Ethernet Is the New Storage Network

I recently saw an infographic titled “2015 Data Storage Roadmap” and was pleasantly surprised to see Mellanox listed under the storage networking section. The side comment was “Ethernet Becoming The Standard Storage Network.”   Figure 1: Tech Expectations blog infographic shows the new storage networking vendors. (Graphic excerpted from the larger original graphic, which is […]

NFV, Supercharged – Get Inspired & Learn How with Mellanox at MWC16

According to a Light Reading survey, SDN/NFV was ahead of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) and gained the honor of being the hottest topic at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Over the course of 2015, we are witnessing more and more NFV projects getting out of the PoC lab environment and moving […]

Making Ceph Faster: Lessons From Performance Testing

In my first blog on Ceph I explained what it is and why it’s hot; in my second blog on Ceph I showed how faster networking can enable faster Ceph performance (especially throughput).  But many customers are asking how to make Ceph even faster. And recent testing by Red Hat and Mellanox, along with key […]