Mellanox Partners To Launch VMware-Powered Solutions
August 28th, 2013 By: John Rath
From the VMworld 2013 event this week in San Francisco, Mellanox announced a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution with LSI Corporation, and a 40 Gigabit Ethernet Flash storage solution with Micron.
40 Gigabit Ethernet Flash Solution
Mellanox (MLNX) announced a collaborative solution 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. By taking advantage of the iSER protocol, Micron’s flash storage solution delivers 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.
“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, vice president data center solutions at Mellanox Technologies. “In addition, consolidating compute and storage traffic over a single-wire infrastructure reduces data center complexity and cost.”
Accelerate VDI workload performance
Mellanox announced the results from collaborative solution for enabling greater virtual desktop density per server using VMware Horizon View. The combined low-latency solution consists of a Mellanox 40GbE NICs and the LSI Nytro MegaRAID application acceleration card that integrates onboard flash capacity with intelligent caching software and hard drive RAID management. The solution can power up to 1,500 desktops across 10 vSphere servers for under $25,000.
“Mellanox 40GbE interconnects teamed with LSI PCIe flash cards optimizes VDI environments and provides unmatched cost-performance benefits.” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The hardware offload capabilities embedded in our 40GbE NICs overcome the limitations of ordinary TCP/IP interconnects, thereby allowing servers to efficiently connect to the storage subsystem and take full advantage of the performance of flash storage in a VDI environment, and eliminates redundant and costly SAN infrastructure.”