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Interconnect sol'n offers cloud scalability, high ROI

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cloud 2.0? NVGRE? VXLAN?

Mellanox Technologies Ltd has unleashed what it flaunts as the industry's first network adapter IC and card with hardware offload engines that support virtualized 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 industry-leading performance and dramatically lower CPU overhead, thus reducing cloud application cost and increasing cloud ROI, indicated the company.

Historically, interconnects have limited the scalability of compute and cloud infrastructures, preventing them from supporting ever larger numbers of tenants and applications and from implementing resource mobility within the cloud. As a result, new networking overlay technologies were developed to enable application and tenant scalability and resource tunnelling across the cloud. Unfortunately, the use of these technologies has been limited due to the high CPU overhead imposed on cloud resources. Mellanox's ConnectX-3 Pro implements these overlay technologies within the interconnect hardware itself, allowing clouds to take advantage of virtually unlimited scalability and resource mobility without the CPU overhead, the firm detailed.

With ConnectX-3 Pro's NVGRE and VXLAN hardware offload engines, cloud infrastructures can support more users and more applications while simultaneously reducing applications costs and maximising 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. ConnectX-3 Pro samples are available while general availability is in May.





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