Mellanox RoCE’d Las Vegas at VMWorld 2016

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Mellanox accelerated the speed of data in the virtualized data center from 10G to new heights of 25G at VMWorld 2016 which was held in Las Vegas Aug. 29 – Sept. 1st at the Mandalay Bay. crowd 2


The big news at the show revolved around Mellanox’s announcement regarding the integration of its software driver support for ConnectX®-4 Ethernet and RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) in VMware vSphere®, the industry’s leading virtualization platform. For the first time, virtualized enterprise applications are able to realize the same industry-leading performance and efficiency as non-virtualized environments. The new vSphere 6.5 software for ConnectX-4 delivers three critical new capabilities: increased Ethernet network speeds at 25/50 and 100 Gb/s, virtualized application communication over RoCE, and advanced network virtualization and SDN (Software Defined Networking) acceleration support. Now applications that run in the Cloud over a vSphere-based virtualized infrastructure, can communicate over 10/25/40/50 and 100 Gb/s Ethernet and leverage RoCE Networking to maximize Cloud infrastructure efficiency.

Mellanox also hosted technology demos and on-going presentations showcasing the benefits of using our Spectrum 10/25/40/50/100GbE switch that doesn’t lose packets and we demonstrated why vSphere runs best over it. We also had a number of key Mellanox partners participate in the Mellanox booth presentations showing how we enabled the superior capabilities of our network solutions, including end-to-end support on the 25GbE that is much more efficient networking then the 10GbE, which is no longer fast enough to meet today’s performance and efficiency needs. This is why, when it’s time to choose your next networking technology provider for your cloud deployment, or for your hyper-converged systems, you will choose Mellanox.crpowd1

Mellanox also had a number of key presentations at the show on the topics of:

  • Achieving New Levels of Cloud Efficiency over vSphere based Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
  • iSCSI/iSER: HW SAN Performance Over the Converged Data Center
  • Latencies and Extreme Bandwidth Without Compromise

Some highlight endorsements from our partners included:

“We are happy to collaborate with Mellanox to enable running VMware vSphere-based deployments with high performance networking,” said Mike Adams, senior director, Product Marketing, VMware. “With VMware vSphere and Mellanox technologies, mutual customers can accelerate mission critical applications, while achieving high performance and reduced costs.”

“High performance, reliable fabrics are fundamental to application performance and efficiency,” said JR Rivers, Co-Founder and CTO, Cumulus Networks. “We are pleased to collaborate with Mellanox and deliver the Cumulus Linux and Mellanox Spectrum joint solution to enable RDMA fabrics in vSphere.”

Overall, at the show, Mellanox demonstrated its Ethernet and RoCE end-to-end solutions, and showed how easy it is to increase the efficiency of the Cloud just by deploying tomorrow’s networking solutions today. Those solutions are based on company’s recent network products that improve productivity, scalability and flexibility, all of which now enable the industry to define the data center that meets your current needs, and at the same time to be future proofed. The solutions support not just all data speeds but also include efficient offload engines that accelerate the data center applications with minimal CPU overhead.


About Motti Beck

Motti Beck is Sr. Director Enterprise Market Development at Mellanox Technologies Inc. Before joining Mellanox Motti was a founder of BindKey Technologies an EDC startup that provided deep submicron semiconductors verification solutions and was acquired by DuPont Photomask and Butterfly Communications a pioneering startup provider of Bluetooth solutions that was acquired by Texas Instrument. Prior to that, he was a Business Unit Director at National Semiconductors. Motti hold B.Sc in computer engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Follow Motti on Twitter: @MottiBeck

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