NETWORKING/STORAGE

Virtual Modular Switch

25 June 2013

Mellanox Technologies

Mellanox Technologies, a supplier of interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has announced the availability of the Mellanox Virtual Modular Switch (VMS) solution, an Ethernet data centre aggregation switch infrastructure.

The company says Mellanox VMS is a high-port density, flexible and scalable data centre aggregation switching solution. It provides up to 720 ports of 40 gigabits per second, with latency lower than two microseconds, while reducing capital expenses by up to 85 per cent, and power consumption by up to 90 per cent. Mellanox says it offers the best-in-class resilience, maintaining up to more than 90 per cent of the aggregation bandwidth at the time of a switch failure, compared to traditional chassis-based switches.

According to Crehan Research’s Data Center Ethernet Switch reports, there has been a significant shift away from modular or chassis-based switches toward fixed switches, with fixed switches gaining over 20 per cent of market share since 2008.

'Over the past four years we have seen a strong shift toward fixed/top-of-rack data center switches, which has been even more pronounced in the higher-speed, 10GbE and 40GbE, segments,' said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. 'Mellanox’s Virtual Modular Switch is primed to address these data centre ethernet switch trends.'

Mellanox has also announced what it describes as the next major advancement in GPU-to-GPU communications with the launch of its FDR InfiniBand solution with support for NVIDIA GPUDirect remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology.

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