Mellanox Technologies has announced the industry’s first network adapter IC and card with hardware offload engines that support virtualised overlay networks commonly used in cloud infrastructures. Featuring hardware offload support for VXLAN and NVGRE, ConnectX-3 Pro enables cloud providers to build large-scale infrastructures with what Mellanox states is industry-leading performance and dramatically lower CPU overhead, thus reducing cloud application cost and increasing cloud ROI. ConnectX-3 Pro is the foundation of a new virtually unlimited cloud infrastructure: Cloud 2.0.
ConnectX-3 Pro is hardware and software compatible with Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 line of FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10 and 40GbE adapters. It is available today for samples with general availability in May 2013.