ConnectX® Ethernet Driver for VMware® ESXi Server
Mellanox native ESXi drivers enable industry-leading performance and efficiency as non-virtualized environments using hardware offloads such as RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) on VMware vSphere.
Mellanox ConnectX-4 and ConnectX-5 deliver 10/25/40/50 and 100GbE network speeds with ESXi 6.5 onwards, allowing the highest port rate on ESXi today.
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Mellanox native iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER) driver for ESXi uses the RDMA protocol suite to supply higher bandwidth for block storage transfers eliminating the TCP/IP processing overhead while preserving the compatibility with iSCSI protocol. iSER lowers latency and CPU utilization. Moreover, iSER brings the stability and benefits of the iSCSI protocol like security and high availability. Mellanox iSER is released with ESXi 6.5 onwards, and utilizes the native RDMA support. Please install the latest async certified release of Mellanox ESXi driver prior to installing iSER driver.