Mellanox Releases 40 Gigabit Card for Open Compute

Level 3 launches a cloud service for transferring large files, Mellanox contributes a 40gigabit network card based on Open Compute designs, and A10 Networks announces aCloud Service Architecture for multi-tenant cloud data centers.

Mellanox releases 40 Gigabit network card based on Open Compute designs. Mellanox (MLNX) announced it is offering its 40GbE network interface card as a proposed contribution to the Open Compute Project. he new 40GbE NIC is based on Mellanox’s energy-efficient, high-performance ConnectX-3 Pro ICs, and is designed to meet OCP specifications. Available now, the ConnectX-3 Pro OCP-based 40GbE NICs with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and overlay network offloads offer optimized latency and performance for converged I/O infrastructures while maintaining extremely low system power consumption. “Mellanox has been active in the OCP Network Project and has contributed to the open hardware and software model to help achieve OCP’s vision for true open standards and faster pace in network technology innovation,” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “We’re pleased to continue our collaborations with Facebook in delivering 40GbE NIC technology to OCP to deliver unmatched performance and rich feature-sets that enable superior data center productivity and efficiency.”

Level 3 launches cloud file transfer for large files.  Level 3 Communications (LVLT) announced the launch of a new cloud-based file transfer platform that simplifies and accelerates the process of sending large video and data files, such as syndicated content and advertising files. The new service was developed to meet increasing demand from network broadcast and other media companies to move content to remote locations around the world. Leveraging its global storage platform and network connectivity Level 3’s Cloud Content Exchange stores media files in a central, cloud-based library where they can be metatagged, sorted and accessed in real time with rapid upload and download speeds. “As one of the largest broadcasters in the world, FOX needs the ability to rapidly send and receive media files all over the globe,” said Keith Goldberg, vice president of Global Operations and Transmission Services at FOX. “Level 3 worked side-by-side with us to develop a one-of-a-kind, secure solution that not only allows us to quickly transfer video clips, promos and other content internationally, but also provides extensive cloud storage capacity and a global network – an all-inclusive solution we couldn’t find anywhere else.”

A10 Networks announces aCloud Services Architecture.  A10 Networks announced the aCloud Services Architecture designed to help Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) data center operators deliver a rich set of application networking and security services to their customers. It includes a range of new products and integrations with 3rd-party software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud platforms that enable dynamic L4-7 security and application services in multi-tenant cloud data centers. Key features include high-performance applications that perform a variety of functions, virtualized and hybrid appliances, pay-as-you-go licensing, SDN and network virtualization platform integrations, and cloud orchestration integrations with other platforms such as OpenStack and Microsoft Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager. “Deutsche Telekom AG cooperated with A10 on the implementation of a scalable, carrier-grade IPv4 Softwire solution for our TeraStream pilot,” said Axel Clauberg, Vice President Aggregation, Transport, IP and Fixed Access at Deutsche Telekom AG. “The A10 vThunder software was the first Virtualized Network Function with high bandwidth and low latency to be integrated in our Infrastructure Cloud in our TeraStream pilot network in Croatia, serving customers with up to gigabit access speeds. TeraStream is Deutsche Telekom’s drastically simplified IP architecture, running just IPv6 in the core. The scalable delivery of IPv4 is critical. A10’s willingness to work with us to implement the Lightweight 4 over 6 solution and their execution and integration in our Network Function Virtualization (NFV) was impressive.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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