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Accelerate Your Storage: Faster Storage Requires Faster Networks

Data storage is undergoing a speed revolution. Flash media and faster interfaces like NVMe are overwhelming traditional 8G/16G Fibre Channel and 10Gb Ethernet networks. Faster servers and new cloud, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads demand more bandwidth and lower latency. Storage architects are increasingly adopting an Ethernet Storage Fabric (ESF) or InfiniBand to upgrade Fibre Channel SANs for new modern storage environments. Mellanox offers the ideal storage interconnect portfolio at speeds from 10 to 200Gb/s, delivering the best efficiency, highest performance and greatest scalability for storage networking.

Mellanox ESF Enables New Storage Designs

Customers are deploying more hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), software-defined storage (SDS), and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) , which all demand more deterministic network performance. These architectures, along with big data and high-performance computing storage, generate intense levels of east-west traffic across many nodes and different racks. They demand low latency, can't tolerate dropped packets, and often use RDMA for the best possible performance and efficiency. Mellanox adapters, SmartNICs, and switches deliver fast, consistent and fair performance with ZeroPacketLoss, and intelligent offloads to maximize server and storage efficiency, whether using RoCE, TCP/IP, or InfiniBand networking.

Storage Solutions


Cloud Storage
 

Public cloud storage requires large scale software-defined storage and flash disaggregation, while private cloud storage requires support for VMware and/or Windows virtualization plus hyperconverged infrastructure. Workloads include big data, SQL and NoSQL databases, persistent storage for VMs and containers, and machine learning/AI. Mellanox adapters, SmartNICs and switches deliver fast, scalable, and cost-effective networking for clouds of all sizes and excel at supporting both storage and compute traffic on one converged network.


Ethernet Storage Fabric (ESF)
 

An Ethernet Storage Fabric combines the proven scalability, performance and efficiency of high-speed Ethernet with intelligent switches and adapters that are optimized for both storage and compute traffic. Deploying a Mellanox ESF gives you up to 3X faster performance than 32G Fibre channel at one third the price, making it perfect for supporting flash storage, scale-out storage, and hyperconverged infrastructure. Learn more by visiting the Mellanox ESF page.


File and Object Storage
 

File storage is ideal for applications that require shared access to the same data from multiple servers or users, often for drug discovery, software development, semiconductor design (EDA), automotive/aerospace design, and video editing/rendering/transcoding. Object storage allows shared, write-once access to large files—video, audio, photo, logs, etc.—on distributed storage and often in the cloud. Mellanox provides high-performance access to file storage using SMB and NFS with RDMA options, and to object storage using protocols such as Ceph, S3 and Swift. All major scale-out file systems also support Mellanox networking.


NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF)
 

NVMe-oF is revolutionizing block storage with its faster, more efficient storage protocol. Mellanox offers the highest levels of performance for NVMe-oF supporting multiple gigabytes-per-second of throughput or millions of IOPS, using RoCE, InfiniBand, or TCP/IP. Smart storage offloads in ConnectX adapters and BlueField increase IOPS, reduce latency and free up CPU processing power for storage management and running applications, while offering the ability to virtualize NVMe storage using NVMe SNAP. Spectrum Ethernet switches offer the perfect performance, reliability and efficiency for Ethernet Storage Fabrics.


High Performance Computing (HPC)
 

HPC innovation, research, and product development are driving larger and faster computing clusters at faster speeds for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The use of more CPU and GPU compute power requires faster storage links, whether for standalone flash storage arrays or clustered file systems. Mellanox offers the fastest and most efficient interconnect solutions for both InfiniBand and Ethernet at speeds up to 200Gb/s. Mellanox adapters and switches fully support RDMA using SRP, iSER, NVMe-oF, and clustered file systems such as GPFS, BeeGFS, Gluster, Lustre, and IBM Spectrum Scale. Learn more about our HPC solutions.


Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)
 

HCI lets enterprises deploy applications rapidly and manage them easily. It combines compute and storage in a scale-out solution using software such as VMware VSAN, Nutanix, Microsoft Windows S2D, HPE Simplivity, and Netapp. Mellanox switches deliver the perfect performance, manageability and form factors for HCI, while Mellanox adapters deliver reliable high-speed networking and storage features such as RoCE, NVMe-oF, Erasure coding, and T10-DIF. The BlueField SmartNICs offer additional options to offload virtualization and storage tasks from the CPU so more applications can be run on the same servers. Learn more in our blog about HCI and our blog about the perfect HCI switch.


Media and Entertainment
 

The rapid move to 4K and 8K video, as well as the growing popularity of video streaming, require new and faster network solutions. Mellanox Ethernet and InfiniBand solutions support the highest resolutions and bitrates and streaming QoS, helping create a high-performance and affordable Ethernet Video Fabric (EVF) that is more flexible and economical than traditional video networking. Learn more about Mellanox Media and Entertainment solutions.


Software-Defined Storage (SDS)
 

Software-Defined Storage (SDS combines commodity servers with innovative software to create powerful, scalable, and flexible storage solutions. Cloud service providers, large enterprises, system integrators, and server vendors are also choosing SDS to enable greater flexibility and faster innovation with costs up to 50% lower than traditional enterprise storage. The typical SDS solution is scale-out and runs on an Ethernet or InfiniBand network. Mellanox fully supports popular SDS option such as Ceph, EMC ScaleIO, Gluster, Hadoop, IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS), Lustre, Nexenta EDGE, Swift, and VMware VSAN.

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Mellanox takes lead at NVMe-oF Plugfest

For two weeks during the last half of June, the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) hosted this year’s NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory express) and NVMe-oF (NVMe-over Fabrics) plugfests. Each were four day events comprised of approximately ten companies coming together to test over 20 devices including NVMe initiators, drives and storage controllers...

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NVMe-oF standard released

Today, the NVM Express Organization released version 1.0 of the NVM Express over Fabrics (NVMf) Standard. This effort was started on September 3rd, 2014 and through the efforts of many companies including Mellanox, has now been completed. Although the Standard was only completed today, at Mellanox, we have been doing proof of concepts and demonstrations of NVMf with numerous partners and early...

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