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IBM and ConnectX® Solutions

The IBM Intelligent Cluster, iDataPlex and BladeCenter-H 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-2 20 and 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapter and IS5000 switch 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.

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Blade Systems


40Gb/s InfiniBand Switch Module for SSI-based Blade Systems
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The Server System Infrastructure (SSI) Forum has announced new standards for blade-based server components to propagate the benefits of blade-based servers. As the fastest growing segment of the server market, blade-based servers offer significant advantages to companies that need to expand their computing power while reducing IT costs. By standardizing critical components of blade-based server systems, the SSI Forum enables innovation and helps companies benefit from the full potential of blade-based server technology.

Adapter Cards


Dual-Port 20 and 40Gb/s InfiniBand Mezzanine Adapters for IBM BladeCenter H
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ConnectX® 20 and 40Gb/s InfiniBand dual-port adapters for IBM BladeCenter H 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.

  • World-class cluster performance
  • High-performance networking and storage access
  • Guaranteed bandwidth and low-latency services
  • Reliable transport
  • End-to-end storage integrity
  • I/O consolidation
  • Virtualization acceleration
  • Scales to tens-of-thousands of nodes


ConnectX support for hardware-based I/O virtualization provides dedicated adapter resources and guaranteed isolation and protection for virtual machines (VM) within the server. I/O virtualization with ConnectX gives data center managers better server utilization and LAN and SAN unification while reducing cost, power, and cable complexity.

Dual-Port 20 and 40Gb/s InfiniBand Adapters
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IBM’s iDataPlex with Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand adapters offers a solution that is eco-friendly, flexible, responsive, and positioned to address the evolving requirements of Internet-Scale and High-Performance

ConnectX® 20 and 40Gb/s InfiniBand dual-port adapters 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.

Clustered applications running on multi-socket servers using multi-core processors will benefit from the reliable transport connections and advanced multicast support offered by ConnectX. End-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) enables partitioning and guaranteed service levels while hardware-based congestion control prevents hot spots from degrading the effective throughput. ConnectX is capable of scaling to tens-of-thousands of server and storage nodes.

10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with PCI Express 2.0
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ConnectX® EN Ethernet Network Interface Cards (NIC) deliver high-bandwidth and industry-leading 10GbE connectivity with stateless offloads for converged fabrics in High-Performance Computing, Enterprise Data Centers, and Embedded environments. Clustered databases, web infrastructure, and IP video servers are just a few example applications that will achieve significant throughput and latency improvements resulting in faster access, real time response and increased number of users per server. ConnectX EN improves network performance by increasing available bandwidth to the CPU and providing enhanced performance, especially in virtualized server environments.

ConnectX support for hardware-based I/O virtualization provides dedicated adapter resources and guaranteed isolation and protection for virtual machines (VM) within the server. I/O virtualization with ConnectX gives data center managers better server utilization and LAN and SAN unification while reducing cost, power, and cable complexity.

Software Support


All Mellanox adapter cards are compatible with legacy TCP/IP and OpenFabrics-based RDMA protocols and software. They are also compatible with InfiniBand and cluster management software available from OEMs. The adapter cards are supported with major operating system distributions.