Enable Higher IOPS while Maximizing CPU Utilization
As virtualization is now a standard technology in the modern data center, IT managers are now seeking ways to increase efficiency by adopting new architectures and technologies that enable faster data processing and execute more jobs over the same infrastructure, thereby lowering the cost per job. Since CPUs and storage systems are the two main contributors to infrastructure cost, using fewer CPU cycles and accelerating access to storage are keys toward achieving higher efficiency.
The ongoing demand to support mobility and real-time analytics of constantly increasing amounts of data demands that new architectures and technologies be used, specifically those with smarter usage of expensive CPU cycles and as a replacement of old storage systems that were very efficient in the past, but that have become hard to manage and extremely expensive to scale in modern virtualized environments.
With an average cost of $2,500 per CPU, about 50% of compute server cost is due to the CPUs. On the other hand, the I/O controllers cost less than $100. Thus, offloading tasks from the CPU to the I/O controller frees expensive CPU cycles, increasing the overall server efficiency. Other expensive components, such as SSD, will therefore not need to wait the extra cycles for the CPU. This means that using advanced I/O controllers with offload engines results in a much more balanced system that increases the overall infrastructure efficiency.
Dell announced the next generation of PowerEdge servers along with a future vision that includes continued focus on application performance along with new Near Field Communications (NFC) systems management monitoring for servers along with continued support for software-defined storage. We are pleased to see this new Dell PowerEdge server line and the inclusion of our 10/40GbE NICs.
As big data analytics become more in demand by enterprise, organizations need to be able to sort and analyze vast amounts of data to guide business decisions. Large companies using ERP solutions require intensive I/O bandwidth to process multiple transactions. Using the latest processors, enhanced in-server Flash storage and Mellanox 10Gb Ethernet NICs to process more in less time, the Dell family of PowerEdge servers will enable a more seamless ERP experience.
Last but not least, the new in-server storage technology allows customers to accelerate the most important data by offering high performance with NVMe Express Flash storage and deployment of Dell Fluid Cache for SAN. This technology is also ideal for high IOPS requirements in VDI environments with thousands of high performance users, while optimizing your cost per virtual desktop. – Nicolas Cuendent, Dell, September 8, 2014
Available now from Dell, Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 Pro (PEC620) and ConnectX-3 10/40GbE NICs with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and overlay network offloads offer optimized application latency and performance while maintaining extremely low system power consumption.
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**.
Ethernet switches are simple: they need to move packets around from port to port based on the attributes of each packet. There are plenty of switch vendors from which to choose. Differentiating in this saturated market is the aspiration of each vendor.
Mellanox Technologies switches are unique in this market. Not just “yet another switch” but a design based on a self-built switching ASIC and a variety of 1RU switches. These switches excel in performance compared to any other switch offered in the market. Being first and (still) the only vendor with a complete end-to-end 40GbE solution, Mellanox provides a complete interconnect solution and the ability to achieve the highest price-performance ratio.
Dell just announced today the PowerEdge C8000 series, which is the industry’s only 4U shared infrastructure solution to provide customers compute, GPU/coprocessor and storage options in a single chassis. End users deploying the PowerEdge C8000 with Mellanox fast interconnect solutions gain access to the industry-leading performance of 56Gb/s InfiniBand combined with the power of Dell’s newest high end server, resulting in a high performance solution with low total cost of ownership in power efficiency, system scaling efficiency and compute density.
Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solutions are already being deployed with Dell PowerEdge C8000 systems as part of the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. With a peak performance of more than 10 petaflops, Stampede will be the most powerful system available to researchers via the NSF’s eXtreme Science & Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program when installed in January 2013.
Mellanox fast interconnect solutions are providing the Dell PowerEdge C8000 with low latency, high bandwidth benefits for the most resource-intensive hyperscale workloads, including HPC, big data processing and hosting providers. Mellanox delivers the most effective interconnect solution for the Dell PowerEdge C8000, enabling the highest compute and storage performance at the lowest cost and power consumption.