San Francisco-based Mellanox Technologies unveiled the availability of hyper converged platforms for enterprise private clouds and telecom service providers. The reference platforms utilize VMware vSphere 6’s advanced features, including VMware Virtual SAN 6’s all-flash, and the VMware NSX network virtualization platform, connected over Mellanox’s 40Gb/s Ethernet inbox driver with DPDK support running over SwitchX switches, ConnectX-3 Pro Network Interface Cards (NICs), and LinkX cables.
Preliminary performance benchmarks have shown that customers running over 40Gb/s saw a great increase in overall cluster efficiency with the use of VMware Virtual SAN, including a threefold increase in application bandwidth. This accelerates job completion by eliminating bottlenecks that are associated with accessing servers and solid-state drive (SSD) based storage over 10Gb/s Ethernet.
VMware Virtual SAN is a hypervisor-converged storage software that is fully embedded in VMware vSphere 6. It supports all-flash configuration, and when run over faster networking, delivers improved, highly predictable and uniform performance regardless of workload. VMware NSX is the leading network virtualization platform, which enables a completely new operational model for networking.
Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro 40Gb/s Ethernet NIC is fully supported in VMware vSphere 6. It also includes several acceleration engines, among them Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN), and SR-IOV to minimize the latency of the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). This is essential for network functions virtualization (NFV) that is required by telecom service providers.
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