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Mellanox Shows Off VMware-Based Reference Platforms At VMworld

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

During this year's VMworld, Mellanox Technologies announced new hyper-converged reference platforms that will use VMware Vsphere 6's Virtual SAN 6's all-flash, and NSX, VMware's network virtualization solution. Called CloudX, the architecture will target private cloud users and telecom service providers, and are glued together at the networking level using Mellanox's own end-to-end interconnect products.

Wanting to show that the company can improve the already anticipated performance of using an all-flash configuration on Virtual SAN, Mellanox stated that it is using networking hardware from its 40 Gb/s line of products, including its Switch-X switches and ConnectX-3 Pro Ethernet cards.

Mellanox said that preliminary benchmarks of the reference platforms taken with the two products, along with its LinkX cables, produced a three-fold increase in application bandwidth for cluster-using customers. This increased performance was due to the elimination of bottlenecks usually caused by 10 Gb/s Ethernet connect to SSD storage.

Used along with several acceleration engines, ConnectX-3 Pro 40 Gb/s NICs is fully supported in VMware vSphere 6. The engines include VXLAN and SR-IOV, the latter being used to minimize latency of the Data Plane Development Kit, which is essential for NFV and required by service providers in the telecom space.

Mellanox will be demonstrating its CloudX enterprise and telecom products using VMware vSphere 6, VMware Virtual SAN 6 and VMware NSX at this year's VMworld in San Francisco.