Empower Converged IT Platforms for SMBs with Mellanox & Nutanix

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As SMBs grow their businesses in the era of Web 2.0, their IT platforms need to cope with business expansion and support newly added online services. However, modernizing the existing IT infrastructure is often quite challenging, due to budget and operational constraints. SMBs have neither the scale to utilize complicated and expensive IT solutions developed for webscale data centers, nor the resources and expertise to deploy, optimize and manage such IT solutions.


KNX, a young and fast growing human resource (HR) company in China, found itself in such predicament. KNX has seen its business expanding rapidly in recent years, and has grown into a company with more than 400 employees in ten cities. Their client base is also geographically diverse and keeps expanding. To support their branch offices and customers across China, KNX needed an integrated IT platform for their complete portfolio of HR services as well as the newly launched electronic human resource (eHR) platform. Such an IT platform needed to be optimized for their size, easy to use and maintain, and be able to deliver reliable performance along with scalability for future growth.


Of many solutions that KNX evaluated, KNX selected the Nutanix enterprise cloud platform with Mellanox Ethernet switches. Successfully deployed, the Nutanix and Mellanox solution has met their business needs with great efficiency.


Jeff Shao 032316 Nutanix


KNX found the Nutanix and Mellanox solution advantageous in the following areas:

  • Simple architecture
  • Fast deployment
  • Easy to manage
  • Linear scalability
  • Optimized rack space utilization
  • Best reliability


In particular, KNX was highly appreciative of the first-class technical support capabilities of Nutanix and Mellanox exemplified by quick problem solving during the deployment phase.


The Nutanix and Mellanox Solution

The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution that delivers any application at any scale. Easy to deploy and manage, the Nutanix solution allows both enterprises and SMBs to achieve the same agility and economics of the public cloud, without sacrificing the security and control of on-premises infrastructure.


Networking is an integral part of any hyperconverged solution. Delivering guaranteed performance and scalability while being non-intrusive to the existing networking infrastructure, the Mellanox Ethernet switches work in concert with the Nutanix hyperconverged platform to provide a complete, turnkey datacenter platform for SMBs such as KNX. Mellanox’s 12-port 10/40 Gb/s Ethernet switches (SX1012s) are the perfect top-of-the-rack (TOR) switches for the Nutanix solution.


With two side-by-side SX1012’s in 1U rack space, full line-rate performance without packet drops, and various configuration options for the port count and link speed, the SX1012s are very easy to deploy and manage. Validated as “Nutanix Ready for Networking”, the Mellanox SX1012 switches deliver transparent networking to customers with both the benefits of rapid and scalable cloud-like application deployment, reduced footprint and power consumption, and the cost and control advantages of on-premises infrastructure.


Key Benefits of the Nutanix and Mellanox Solution

  • Data center in a rack for small and medium sized IT organizations
  • Hyperconverged architecture – eliminating under-utilized infrastructure silos and delivering up to 80% less space and 50% lower CapEx
  • Easy to deploy, manage and scale – making the underlying IT infrastructure invisible
  • Predictable performance for any workloads, ready for delivering new applications and services



Nutanix and Mellanox deliver a much-needed turnkey solution for SMBs. This all-in-one solution greatly simplifies their IT infrastructure, and allows them to focus on delivering their applications and services and growing their businesses. As KNX finds, “The Nutanix appliance with Mellanox Ethernet switches provides us the leading performance hyperconverged solution. The small footprint and easy deployment of the total solution also improves our IT efficiency greatly.”


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About Jeff Shao

Jeff Shao is Director, Ethernet Alliances at Mellanox Technologies. Prior to Mellanox, he held senior product management and marketing roles at LSI (Avago), as well as Micrel, Vitesse Semiconductor & Promise Technology. He holds a MBA from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of Science & Technology of China.

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