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The Dell server and storage systems and M1000e blade system address a host of next generation business challenges, offering enterprises an optimal approach to meet the technology needs of companies that operate massive data centers with tens of thousands of servers. Mellanox ConnectX 20 and 40Gb/s InfiniBand connectivity enables extreme computing, real-time response, I/O consolidation and power savings for cloud computing and for a broad range of enterprise application environments including financial services, government and education, industrial design and manufacturing, life sciences, and web serving and collaboration.

Adapter Cards


Dual-Port FDR and QDR InfiniBand PCIe 3.0 I/O Mezzanine Cards for Dell PowerEdge
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ConnectX®-3 InfiniBand Host Channel Adapter cards with PCIe 3.0 for Dell PowerEdge M1000e-series Blade Servers provide the highest performing and most flexible interconnect solution for Enterprise Data Centers and High-Performance Computing environments. Clustered data bases, parallel processing, transactional services and high-performance I/O applications will achieve significant performance improvements resulting in reduced completion time and lower cost per operation. By consolidating clustering, communications, storage, and management I/O within the chassis, ConnectX-3 simplifies clustered server deployment.

Dual-Port I/O Mezzanine Cards with Virtual Protocol Interconnect® for Dell PowerEdge
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ConnectX®-2 VPI-supported adapters make it possible for Dell PowerEdge M1000e-series Blade Servers to operate with either InfiniBand or Ethernet switches. With auto-sensing capability, each ConnectX-2 port can identify the attached switch and bring up the link automatically. ConnectX-2 with VPI simplifies I/O system design and makes it easier for IT managers to deploy infrastructure that meets the challenges of a dynamic data center.

Dual-Port adapter with Virtual Protocol Interconnect® for Dell PowerEdge C6100-series Rack Servers
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ConnectX®-2 VPI-enabled adapters make it possible for Dell PowerEdge C6100-series Rack Servers to operate over any converged network leveraging a consolidated software stack. With auto-sense capability, each ConnectX-2 port can identify and operate on InfiniBand, Ethernet, or Data Center Bridging (DCB) fabrics. FlexBoot™ provides additional flexibility by enabling servers to boot from remote InfiniBand or LAN storage targets. ConnectX-2 with VPI and FlexBoot simplifies I/O system design and makes it easier for IT managers to deploy infrastructure that meets the challenges of a dynamic data center.

Dual-Port 20 and 40Gb/s InfiniBand I/O Mezzanine Cards for Dell PowerEdge
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ConnectX® 20 and 40Gb/s InfiniBand dual-port I/O cards for Dell PowerEdge M1000e-series Blade Servers deliver low-latency and High-bandwidth for performance-driven server and storage clustering applications in Enterprise Data Center and High-Performance Computing environments. Clustered data bases, parallelized applications and transactional services applications will achieve significant performance improvements resulting in reduced completion time and lower cost per operation. ConnectX simplifies network deployment by consolidating clustering, communications, storage, and management I/O and by providing enhanced performance in virtualized server environments.

Switch Blades and PassThrough Modules


M4001 - 16-port 40Gb/s and 56Gb/s InfiniBand Blade Switch
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The M4001F 56Gb/s FDR and M4001Q 40Gb/s QDR InfiniBand Blade Switch I/O Module for Dell PowerEdge M-Series provides a high bandwidth, low latency fabric for Enterprise Data Center and High-Performance Computing environments. Based on the fifth generation SwitchX®InfiniBand switch device, the I/O module delivers up to 56Gb/s full bisectional bandwidth per port. Faster servers based on PCIe 3.0, combined with high-performance storage and applications that use increasingly complex computation, are causing data bandwidth requirements to spiral upward. HPC, EDC and storage environments will need every last bit of bandwidth delivered by Mellanox's next generation of 40Gb/s QDR and 56Gb/s FDR InfiniBand high-speed smart switches.

M3601Q - 32-port 40Gb/s InfiniBand Blade Switch
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The InfiniScale® IV M3601Q 40Gb/s InfiniBand Blade Switch I/O Module for PowerEdge M-Series provides a high bandwidth, low latency fabric for Enterprise Data Center and High-Performance Computing environments. Based on the fourth generation InfiniScale IV InfiniBand switch device, the I/O module delivers up to 40Gb/s full bisectional bandwidth per port. When used in conjunction with ConnectX® InfiniBand dual port mezzanine I/O cards, clustered data bases, parallelized applications and transactional services applications will achieve significant performance improvements resulting in reduced completion time and lower cost per operation.

M1601P - 10GbE PassThrough Module
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Transparently connect Dell M-Series blade servers into the Local Area Network (LAN) of your choice. Choose between two models of Pass Through based on your selection of 10Gb NIC or CNA.

The Mellanox PhyX-based M1601P 10GbE Pass Through Module for PowerEdge M-Series provides high bandwidth, low latency connectivity for blade servers individually connecting them to SFP+ external Ethernet ports. Based on the very high density 10Gb/s Ethernet physical layer device, PhyX, the Pass Through Module delivers up to sixteen 10GBASE-KX4 (XAUI) or 10GBASE-KR backplane ports and sixteen ports of SFP+ 10Gbp/s external Ethernet ports in one I/O module. Each server facing port has its own dedicated external port.

Software Support


All Mellanox adapter cards are supported by a full suite of drivers for Microsoft Windows, Linux distributions, VMware, and Citrix XENServer. ConnectX-2 VPI adapters support OpenFabrics-based RDMA protocols and software. Stateless offload are fully interoperable with standard TCP/UDP/IP stacks. ConnectX-2 VPI adapters are compatible with configuration and management tools from OEMs and operating system vendors.



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