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Mellanox Extends vSphere With 25G Ethernet and a Technology Preview of vSAN over RDMA


The New Extensions Enable Faster Virtualized App Communications and
Improve the Efficiency of VMware All Flash Storage vSAN based
Hyperconverged Solutions

Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), a leading
supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions
for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that its
networking solutions for VMware vSphere enable virtual machine (VM)
communications over 25Gb/s Ethernet with RDMA (Remote Direct Memory
Access). Benchmarks demonstrate that Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
(VDI) over 25G Ethernet provides more than two times better efficiency
compared to 10G Ethernet. Similarly running SPARK over RDMA achieves 2x
better efficiency compared to traditional network transport.

In addition, Mellanox has collaborated with VMware to enable all flash
storage VMware vSAN to run over RDMA. The solution uses Mellanox
Ethernet Storage Fabric technology to enable faster access to all flash
vSAN storage, boost application efficiency and close the performance gap
between virtualized and non-virtualized architectures. The technology
improves storage performance and efficiency of hyperconverged
deployments and will be previewed at VMworld 2018 U.S. Preliminary
benchmark results demonstrate good performance gains, and will be
discussed in further detail in session HCI2476BU - Tech Preview: RDMA
and Next-Gen Storage Technologies for vSAN.

Mellanox Ethernet Storage Fabric (ESF) improves performance,
flexibility, and scalability in a hyper-converged environment, while
achieving significant cost savings compared with a legacy SAN. This
translates to real-world customer advantages including optimized server
utilization, increased application performance, improved scalability,
reduced back up times, improved data center simplicity and
consolidation, lower power consumption and reduced total cost of
ownership (TCO).

"Virtualization has moved beyond compute and now includes storage and
networking as well. Simultaneously the amount of data and analytics
processing is increasing dramatically," said Kevin Deierling, vice
president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. "The result is server
CPUs that are overwhelmed by data movement and processing, thus reducing
application efficiency. As the leader in virtualization and
hyperconverged infrastructure, VMware has addressed these challenges
head on. By leveraging our high-speed networking and data transport
offload technologies, VMware vSphere with vSAN is able to achieve all
the benefits of virtualization, hyperconvergence, and software-defined
storage with the performance and efficiency of bare metal offerings."

VMware vSAN is enterprise-class software defined storage for
hyper-converged infrastructure. Native to VMware vSphere, vSAN delivers
flash-optimized, secure, scalable storage. It utilizes industry standard
server platforms to help customers modernize their infrastructure,
increase the flexibility of their environments, and by providing a
consistent control plane from the edge to the core to the cloud.

"With low-latency network connections from Mellanox, vSAN can match the
performance of traditional storage systems at a fraction of the
cost," said Lee Caswell, vice president of marketing, Storage and
Availability Business Unit, VMware. "We are excited to be working with
Mellanox to bring the power of RDMA and the Mellanox Ethernet Storage
Fabric to vSAN."


VMware vSphere are fully qualified with Mellanox ConnectX 25G adapters
today. All Mellanox adapters support RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet)
enabling advanced capabilities like GPU virtualization and by
future-proofing data centers to be ready as additional RDMA enabled
workloads such as vSAN become available.

Supporting Resources:

  • View demonstrations and presentations at VMworld 2018 U.S. (Aug. 26 –
    Aug. 29)
  • Visit Mellanox at booth #2201 to learn about the benefits of using
    Mellanox's 10/25/40/50/100/200 Gb/s Ethernet and RoCE with VMware
  • Follow Mellanox on: Twitter,
    and YouTube
  • Join
    the Mellanox Community

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX)
is a leading supplier of end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand intelligent
interconnect solutions and services for servers, storage, and
hyper-converged infrastructure. Mellanox intelligent interconnect
solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest
throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications
and unlocking system performance. Mellanox offers a choice of high
performance solutions: network and multicore processors, network
adapters, switches, cables, software and silicon, that accelerate
application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of
markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers,
Web 2.0, cloud, storage, network security, telecom and financial
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VMware, vSAN, vSphere and VMworld are registered trademarks or
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Note: Mellanox is a registered trademark of Mellanox Technologies,
Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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