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March 09, 2012

Mellanox InfiniBand Supported in Windows Server '8' Beta Release

By Anuradha Shukla
TMCnet Contributor


Mellanox (News - Alert) Technologies’ RDMA technology for InfiniBand and Ethernet is supported in the Windows Server "8" Beta release.

Users can download Windows Server "8" beta, with the Mellanox software drivers from Microsoft (News - Alert) by clicking at this link.

The companies claim that this technology delivers leading application performance and efficiency for file system, database and enterprise data centers.

Mellanox Technologies supplies high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems.

Mellanox and Microsoft performed preliminary benchmark tests and their results show up to 5X faster application performance using Mellanox InfiniBand compared to non-RDMA-based 10Gb/s solutions.

“These benchmark results validate the application performance boost that our RDMA-enabled interconnect solutions deliver,” said David Barzilai, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “End-users will now be able to benefit from the application acceleration gains and the high efficiency the solution delivers.”

The companies claim that the new performance results were enabled by the new SMB Direct protocol that was developed by Microsoft.

This protocol leverages Mellanox RDMA technology, and is part of the SMB2.2 (Server Message Block) implementation.

Users can leverage Windows Server "8" Beta and Mellanox's RDMA-based InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnects to quickly complete jobs.

Also, jobs can be completed at reduced operational expenses and lower capital investment.

Moreover, users can easily build a virtualized Windows Server Hyper-V based data center.

This data center, according to a release, supports higher scalability and maximizes the number of virtual machines, which results in lower total cost-of-ownership.

"With this new technology, customers can access storage over the network at the speed of local storage,” said Mike Schutz, senior director, Windows Server and Virtualization, at Microsoft. “As a result, a virtualized server infrastructure can utilize shared JBOD storage through the use of RDMA-enabled network interface cards (RNICs). This approach significantly increases data center efficiency."

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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