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Mellanox Announces Scalable Virtual Modular Switch (VMS)

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Mellanox, which has made a name for itself with InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage, announced a new data center aggregation switching solution. According to the company, the Virtual Modular Switch (VMS) provides up to 720 ports with 40 Gb/s bandwidth and a latency of less than 2 microseconds. Compared to traditional chassis-based switches, the VMS can reduce capital expenses by up to 85 percent and power consumption by up to 90 percent, Mellanox said.

"Cloud, Web 2.0, and enterprise data centers which require large aggregation Ethernet switch networks are moving away from legacy modular switches, due to high expenses and rapid obsolescence, to fixed switches that bring scalability and efficiency," said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies, in a prepared statement. "The Mellanox Virtual Modular Switch solution, comprised of Mellanox’s 10, 40 and 56GbE switches, enables our customers to achieve a new level of scalability, while future-proofing their investment and reducing expenses."

The VMS is built by connecting the manufacturer's SwitchX-2 Ethernet systems in a non-blocking topology, which are managed with Puppet and Chef management applications. The VMS is available now; pricing was not announced.

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