ConnectX-3 40GbE integrated into VMware vSphere 5.5

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Mellanox Technologies’ ConnectX-3 40GbE driver has been successfully integrated into VMware vSphere 5.5 for virtualised data centres. According to Mellanox, its 40GbE solution enables superior performance for enterprise applications running over VMware vSphere 5.5 using a converged interconnect that delivers both, compute traffic and storage traffic over a single wire.

Benchmark results achieved a sustainable rate of more than 37Gb/s of throughput using servers equipped with Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 40GbE NICs connected by SwitchX 40GbE switches and the company’s high performance QSFP+ cables. Converging over the company’s 40GbE NIC eliminates the need for multiple Gigabit or 10 Gigabit Ethernet NICs, Fibre Channel HBAs, switches and cables, simplifies data centre infrastructure deployment, and helps IT managers to meet their performance goals at a much lower total cost of ownership. Compared to 10GbE, the solution increases traffic capacity, allowing four times as many Virtual Machines (VMs) to run on a server.