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April 21, 2010

Cloud Computing Providers Standardize on Mellanox

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Mellanox (News - Alert) Technologies, a supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage that optimize data center performance, has announced that its InfiniBand connectivity products are rapidly turning out to be the cloud computing providers’ network products of choice.

The company says that this growth is because of the real benefits offered by InfiniBand in optimizing performance for technologies normally utilized in the Cloud, such as multi-core CPU servers, high-performance data storage and server virtualization. These benefits extend over applications and industries, public and private clouds, and apply for server-to-server and end-to-end connectivity.

Jeff Boles, the senior analyst and director, validation services at Taneja Group, stated that cloud computing providers can acquire important competitive advantages by implementing dynamic infrastructures that allow them to enhance server, lessen cost and control risk.

InfiBand makes management simpler, and provides better than SAN-like capabilities to every I/O interface, at the same time, lessening the number of interfaces. This is the reason why Taneja Group sees a lot more providers today developing InfiniBand infrastructures.

Cindy Borovick, the research vice president for IDC’s Datacenter Networks (News - Alert) service, said that new requirements for a more efficient network infrastructure are created by the advances in multicore technology, the proliferation of virtualization in commercial data and cloud computing services.

Aside from delivering high bandwidth and low latency, today, InfiniBand provides several features such as improved virtual machine performance and scalability that allow Cloud-based applications to attain significant performance improvements.

Mellanox server and storage interconnect solutions are intended to provide the required networking capabilities of latency, bandwidth and virtualization offloads for the Cloud infrastructure, according to John Mohnson, the vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies.

Mellanox InfiBand technology allows Cloud Computing providers perform workloads migrations, system provisioning and support multiple user requests quicker in the most efficient way, while at the same time helping Cloud users attain the best return-on-investment as measured against other proprietary and standards-based interconnect solutions.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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