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Mon, Aug 26, 2013

Mellanox and LSI Corporation Introduce Low-Latency Storage Solution to Accelerate Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Workload Performance

Low-latency storage and interconnect solution doubles Virtual Machine density in VDI infrastructures

VMworld 2013, San Francisco, CA – August 26, 2013 – Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX; TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, and LSI Corporation, today announced the results of a collaborative solution for enabling greater virtual desktop density per server using VMware Horizon View™. The combined low-latency solution consists of a Mellanox 40GbE NICs and the LSI Nytro™ MegaRAID® application acceleration card that uniquely integrates onboard flash capacity with intelligent caching software and hard drive RAID management. The integrated application acceleration solution is designed to provide customers with a lower cost alternative to traditional storage solutions. With a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) workload, the joint solution supports up to 1,500 desktops across 10 vSphere servers with a hardware MSRP of less than $25,000.

“Providing acceptable response times to virtual desktop users while maximizing the number of desktop sessions per server can be challenging,” said Manish Muthal, vice president of product management and strategy, Accelerated Solutions Division, LSI Corporation. “The low-latency LSI Nytro MegaRAID card, combined with Mellanox’s 40GbE NICs, delivers an intelligent and cost-effective VDI solution compared to all-flash solutions that can cost upwards of $100K.”

Mellanox 40GbE interconnects teamed with LSI PCIe flash cards optimizes VDI environments and provides unmatched cost-performance benefits.” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The hardware offload capabilities embedded in our 40GbE NICs overcome the limitations of ordinary TCP/IP interconnects, thereby allowing servers to efficiently connect to the storage subsystem and take full advantage of the performance of flash storage in a VDI environment, and eliminates redundant and costly SAN infrastructure.”

“A high density VDI environment can benefit from low latency storage,” said Mason Uyeda, senior director, technical marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. “This solution demonstrates the potential performance of an economical enterprise-class implementation using VMware Horizon View™.”

To evaluate this solution supporting a VMware Horizon View environment, a pair of white box servers was used with the Mellanox 40GbE end-to-end solution and LSI Nytro card. Since enterprise environments demand no single point of failure, the performance overhead of supporting a highly available configuration was measured. A detailed paper on tested configuration is available at http://www.mellanox.com/related-docs/whitepapers/SB_Virtual_Desktop_Infrastructure_Storage_Acceleration_Final.pdf.

Demonstration and presentations at VMworld 2013 (August 25th - August 29th)
Visit Mellanox Technologies at booth #2005 to learn about the benefits of running VDI over the combined Mellanox and LSI low-latency storage solution. More information on Mellanox’s activities during VMworld 2013 may be found at http://www.mellanox.com/vmworld13.

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About Mellanox
Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.
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