Mellanox OFED Driver for VMware® ESXi Server

Overview

As a result of the VMware Community Source co-development effort with Mellanox Technologies, Mellanox is pleased to announce the availability of the InfiniBand adapter support package for VMware Virtual Infrastructure, comprised of VMware ESXi Server 5.X management software.

Enhance VMware Server Virtualization with Virtual-IQ

The Mellanox driver implementation within the VMware Virtual Infrastructure, comprised of VMware ESXi Server 5.X, framework follows the software-based I/O virtualization model and implements Mellanox Virtual-IQ technology. By doing so, all critical value adds provided by VMware are preserved while bringing in the benefits of unified I/O and higher performance.

Software and Documentation

The software package includes binary RPMs for enabling networking and storage (SAN) support from VMware based virtual machines.


View the matrix of VMware driver versions vs. supported hardware and firmware for Mellanox products.



Also visit VMware Infrastructure's product page and download page and the VMware vSphere™ product page and download page.

  • LAN and SAN functionality is available over unified server I/O using high bandwidth InfiniBand connectivity. This reduces cabling complexity and reduces I/O cost (50 – 60%) and power (25-30%) significantly
  • LAN performance (from VMs) of close to 8X Gigabit Ethernet has been achieved
  • LAN and SAN performance scales linearly across multiple VMs
  • Ability to expose multiple network and storage adapters over a single physical InfiniBand port allowing the same 'look and feel' of traditional storage and network devices
  • Completely transparent to VMs as applications in VMs continue to work over legacy NIC and HBA interfaces that have been already qualified on
  • All VMware functionality including migration, high availability and others are available over the InfiniBand fabric
  • All VMware ESXi Server supported guest operating systems are supported
  • Management and configuration using VMware VirtualCenter maintains the look an feel of configuring NICs and HBAs, making it easier for IT managers to configure the allocation and management of LAN and SAN resources over InfiniBand

MLNX-OFED ESXi 5.X Driver

Download Drivers v1.8.2.4 for ESXi 5.X


NOTE: For build numbers other than the ones listed above, the user can still install the driver as described in the User Manual section 2.4 “Installing Mellanox IB OFED Driver on Non Major ESX/ESXi 4.x Release”.
Please be advised that Mellanox Technologies has qualified only the official major updates released by VMware. For further information, please contact support@mellanox.com.


  • For the HCL click here. Please note that the HCL includes all the supported Mellanox VPI controller PCI Express Device IDs (DIDs). Hence, any Mellanox adapter card with a supported VPI controller is supported as well.
  • For the list of Mellanox IB/VPI cards and their PCI Device IDs, click here
  • For the list of IB OFED Driver for VMware ESX 3.5 and 4.x, see the Archive Tab

MLNX-OFED ESXi 5.X Driver

Download Drivers v1.8.2.0 for ESXi 5.X



MLNX-OFED ESXi 5.X Driver

Download Drivers v1.8.1.0 for ESXi 5.X



MLNX-OFED ESXi 5.X Driver


Download Drivers v1.8.0 for ESXi 5.X (Builds: 469512 & 623860)


IB OFED Driver for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0


Download IB OFED Drivers v1.4.1-222 for vSphere 4.0 U0 (Build: 164009) and U1 (Build: 208167)


    NOTE: For VMware ESX 4.1 support, please contact
    support@mellanox.com.

IB OFED Driver for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.X


Download Drivers v1.4.1-2.0.000 for ESX/ESXi 4.0 (Build: 164009)

Download Drivers v1.4.1-2.0.000 for ESX/ESXi 4.0 U1 (Build: 241301)

Download Drivers v1.4.1-2.0.000 for ESX/ESXi 4.0 U2 (Build: 261974)

Download Drivers v1.4.1-2.0.000 for ESX/ESXi 4.1 (Build: 260247)

Download Drivers v1.4.1-2.0.000 for ESX/ESXi 4.1 U1 (Build: 348481)


Download ESX 4.x Patch



IB OFED Driver for VMware ESX 3.5


Download Drivers v1.2.0 for ESX 3.5 (Build: 64607)

Download Drivers v1.2.0 for ESX 3.5 U1 (Build: 82663)

Download Drivers v1.2.0 for ESX 3.5 U2 (Build: 110268)

Download Drivers v1.2.0 for ESX 3.5 U3 (Build: 123630)

Download Drivers v1.2.0 for ESX 3.5 U4 (Build: 153875)


  • For the HCL click here. Please note that the HCL includes all the supported Mellanox VPI controller PCI Express Device IDs (DIDs). Hence, any Mellanox adapter card with a supported VPI controller is supported as well.
  • For the list of Mellanox IB/VPI cards and their PCI Device IDs, click here

NOTE: For build numbers other than the ones listed above, the user can still install the RPM using the command "rpm -i --nopre ". Please be advised that Mellanox Technologies has qualified only the official major updates released by VMware. For further information, please contact support@mellanox.com.