Mellanox Online Store: Buying LinkX Data Center Cables and Transceivers Has Never Been Easier

 
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LinkX Online store has nearly 300 cables and transceivers from 1G to 200G and soon 400G

The NVIDIA, Mellanox-LinkX product line is one of the largest data center cables and transceiver suppliers in the business and are used with network adapters in CPU or GPU servers, storage and network appliances to link to switches. Mellanox offers complete “end-to-end” networking product offering of switches, adapters, cables and transceivers. Mellanox is the only company that designs its own switches, NICs and transceivers silicon and builds its own switches, network adapter systems including data center cables and transceivers for both Ethernet and InfiniBand protocols.  We supply to most of the hyperscale, cloud, HPC, enterprise and telco data center builders and OEMs in the data center business. You can buy virtually all our product via the online store as well as from many of our distributors!

Why Buy from Mellanox LinkX?

Mellanox has a 20 year+ history manufacturing InfiniBand low-latency systems for the High-Performance Computing (HPC) segment (aka Supercomputers. Supercomputer are the most demanding hardware environments in term of bit error rates, high thermal environments, and interconnect reliability.  Mellanox takes the manufacturing and testing skills developed for InfiniBand supercomputers and uses the same design and manufacturing practices for its Ethernet cables and transceiver line. This is a very different approach than most competitors who primarily focus on lowering costs.

Every Cable and Transceiver Tested

Additionally, Mellanox tests every cable and transceiver in live switching systems for extended periods of time. This ensures each cable and transceiver offers the highest level of data integrity and reliability out-of-the box every time. Other competitors leading with low prices often reduce or sample test or skip it entirely! Competitor testing is usually done on a test bench with some kind of test jig and an operator making a judgement decision. (As the saying goes, “Make sure not to buy cables on a Monday”!) Testing is a significant part of the cost of building cables and transceivers and reducing it is about the only way to cut costs in manufacturing.

Intermittent cables or transceiver failures are worst kind. Something that works “sometimes” in a modern data center can be disastrous. Sort of like when your car battery starts acting up and fails only when you have an important meting to get to. Mellanox’s testing weeds these out up front.  This is the main reason for a wide range of prices in the marketplace. In short, you get what you pay for.

 

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Parachutes, Eye Surgeons, and Data center Cables and Transceivers

 

OnIine Store – Cable/Optic Finder

One unique feature on our website is our Cable/Optic Finder. Mellanox has nearly 400 different cables and transceivers and this configurator helps you to quickly find what you want to buy. It is basically an Excel spreadsheet, as seen in the table below, that can be sorted by category with pull down menus. It enables sorting by:

  • Protocol: InfiniBand or Ethernet
  • Cable length or transceiver reach (meters)
  • Form-factor connector: SFP, QSFP, etc.
  • Media: copper (DAC), fiber (AOCs) or transceivers
  • Copper wire thicknesses (AWG)
  • Aggregate data rate
  • Mellanox Part numbers

Additional product information can be found on the LinkX website under DAC, AOCs or transceiver sections in the product briefs.

LinkX Online Store Data Center Cable & Transceiver Reference Guide

 

Buy NowMellanox offers several ways to buy cables and transceivers as well as switches and network adapters:

  • OEMs and authorized distributors/resellers
  • Mellanox sales force direct
  • Mellanox Online store

1)  OEMs and authorized distributors/resellers

Mellanox LinkX cables and transceiver products are available through our worldwide network of server and switch OEMs and authorized distributors/resellers.  This global network of OEMs, specialized resellers and systems integrators are able to provide local service for your specific needs and budget.  To learn more about buying LinkX products from a reseller in your area, visit how to buy here.

2)  Mellanox Sales Representatives

Mellanox has sales representatives located around the world that can help you.

For quick response, locate your local Mellanox sales office here or try any of our resellers and partners found on the How-To-Buy page. LINK

3)  Online Store

The Mellanox Store was created to meet business critical needs of Mellanox customers when lead times on high demand and hard to find Mellanox products are causing delays on projects.  Most Mellanox branded network adapters, cables, optics and accessories are available in-stock with same-day shipping when prepaid via credit card/PayPal and the program ships to more than 100 countries around the world!  But inventory is limited in quantity and first come, first served at advertised site prices.  To learn more, view all LinkX products here.

 

Not sure where to start or need assistance right away?  Our Mellanox ecommerce program and digital sales team are dedicated to providing the ultimate online experience for all Mellanox customers.  Whether you have a quick question about Mellanox products/part numbers/lead times, require configuration assistance or need a budgetary quote, our digital sales team and ecommerce program are ready to help live and real-time via web, chat, phone or email.

LinkX Online Store Cable & Transceiver Sample Sorting Options

Bottom Line

Feel secure in buying from Mellanox’s online store along with the hundreds of hyperscale, HPC, Enterprise, and telco customers that have extensively tested our cables and transceivers with years of use and abuse!

More Information

Mellanox website: LINK

Mellanox LinkX cables and transceivers mini-site with product briefs: LINK

Mellanox Online store: LINK

To learn more about buying LinkX products from a Reseller/Partner in your area, visit how to buy here.

Download our free 25G/100G eBook: LINK

About Brad Smith

Brad is the Director of Marketing at Mellanox, based in Silicon Valley for the LinkX cables and transceivers business focusing on hyperscale, Web 2.0, enterprise, storage and telco markets. Recently, Brad was Product Line Manager for Intel’s Silicon Photonics group for CWDM4/CLR4 and QSFP28 product lines and ran the 100G CLR4 Alliance. Director of Marketing & BusDev at OpSIS MPW Silicon Photonics foundry. President/COO of LuxSonar Semiconductors ( Cirrus Logic) and co-founder & Director of Product Marketing of NexGen, a X86-compatible CPU company sold to AMD - now the X86 product line. Brad also has ~15 years in technology market research as Vice president of the Computer Systems group at Dataquest/Gartner; VP/Chief Analyst at RHK and Light Counting networking research firms. Brad started his career at Digital Equipment near Boston with the VAX 11/780 and has served as CEO, president/COO and on the board-of-directors of three start-up companies. Brad has a BSEE degree from the University of Massachusetts; MBA from University of Phoenix and holds 2 optical patents

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