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Mellanox InfiniBand Enables ENKI PrimaCloud to Deliver Highly Elastic, Reliable and Cost-Effective Compute and Storage Cloud Services

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that its industry-leading ConnectX®-2 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapters and InfiniScale® IV-based switches are being used as part of ENKI’s PrimaCloud, a high-performance, high availability, enterprise-class Cloud offering. Mellanox InfiniBand provides end-to-end connectivity spanning servers and storage, giving PrimaCloud the highest performance from its virtualized, multi-core CPU infrastructure with quick, high-bandwidth access to network-attached storage.

PrimaCloud’s distinctive Cloud services guarantee instant expansion from a fraction of a server to tens of servers, without changing the customer’s application. Memory can be expanded to 32GB per server instance, or beyond for virtual private Clouds. Storage can be allocated independent of server size, scaling to 5TB and beyond, with customers paying only for what they use. High-performance SSD-backed storage is also available for serving transactional loads. The ultra high-speed interconnect architecture available with Mellanox InfiniBand eliminates I/O wait bottlenecks for server and storage tiers, allowing for higher efficiencies and lower cost-per-performance for its customers. Mellanox InfiniBand provides the foundation for delivering such high and granular levels of compute and storage elasticity while maintaining 99.99% reliability and availability of service.

“We chose Mellanox InfiniBand in response to customer demand for a scalable Cloud solution as inadequate Gigabit Ethernet performance resulted in customers paying three times as much for the same computing power,” said Dave Durkee, CEO of ENKI. “By deploying InfiniBand end-to-end, we can offer a high volume and high-performance on-demand service that scales as customers’ needs change and grow. We simply could not be able to achieve this level of performance and flexibility with Ethernet.”

ConnectX-2 adapter cards provide the highest performing and most flexible interconnect solution for the Cloud. ConnectX-2 also simplifies network deployment by consolidating cables and enhancing performance in virtualized server environments. Support for I/O virtualization enabled by ConnectX-2 Virtual-IQ™ technology provides more virtual machines per CPU core and delivers the performance needed to support CPU-intensive, high data volume applications.

“InfiniBand connectivity enables Cloud-based applications to achieve significant performance improvements, resulting in reduced completion time and lower cost per operation,” said John Monson, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “By incorporating Mellanox-based end-to-end InfiniBand, PrimaCloud can deliver high-performance, on-demand services to its customers at a fraction of the cost.”

Published Monday, April 19, 2010 6:48 PM by David Marshall
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