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Mellanox, Micron announce 40GbE sol'n

Posted: 29 Aug 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mellanox Technologies  Micron  data centre  ConnectX-3 40GbE NIC  iSCSI 

Mellanox Technologies Ltd and Micron have teamed up to enable higher storage performance and efficiency for virtualized environments using VMware's ESXi 5.1. The solution consists of Mellanox's ConnectX-3 40GbE NICs with iSCSI over RDMA (iSER) and Micron's 1.4TB P420m PCIe SSD cards. The flash storage solution claims to deliver superior performance, providing virtual machines on a single ESXi 5.1 host with an aggregate bandwidth of 11GB/s or 527,000 IOPS using only two interconnect cards in a 3U box, stated the firms.

"Selecting the right interconnect technologies is vital when selecting Flash-based storage in a virtualized infrastructure. The performance benefits of Flash can easily get trapped behind slow interconnects," said Jared Hulbert, SW research manager at Micron. "Mellanox's 40GbE with the iSER protocol gives virtualized applications access to higher bandwidth and excellent 4KB random throughput that only Flash can provide."

"The combined solution of Mellanox's 40GbE NICs with iSER and Micron's P420m PCIe SSD enables higher performance and accelerates storage applications running in virtualized environments," said Yaron Haviv, VP data centre solutions at Mellanox. "In addition, by consolidating compute and storage traffic over a single-wire infrastructure reduces data centre complexity and cost."

To evaluate this solution, a Supermicro 6037R-TXRF that supports 10 PCIe Gen3 x8 slots with two Mellanox 40GbE RDMA NICs and 8 Micron 1.4TB P420m PCI SSDs was used.





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