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Cavium Demonstrates NVMe Scale-out Technologies at #VMworld US 2017

CaviumTM, Inc. (CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, will showcase a broad range of NVMe over Fabric solutions including FC-NVMe on Gen 6 Fibre Channel and NVMe over Fabrics concurrently over RoCE and iWARP on Cavium FastlinQ 45000/41000 Series Ethernet NICs at VMworld US 2017 in Cavium booth 1230. The conference takes place August 27-31, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

The NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oFTM) specification is an emerging technology that gives data center networks unprecedented access to NVMe SSD storage. It delivers efficient scaling of NVMe-based SSDs over data center fabrics including Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) networks (iWARP and RoCE), as well as Fibre Channel.  This enables higher virtual machine density by delivering faster, more scalable connections between servers and storage, as well as between storage controllers and NVMe enclosures.

Cavium is a leader in the transition to NVMe over Fabrics by enabling a broad range of high-performance solutions that seamlessly transition customer infrastructure and applications to next-generation NVMe flash-based platforms, and is the only solution supplier offering both NVMe-oF over Universal RDMA and Fibre Channel.1

VMworld, hosted by VMware, is the number one event for enabling the digital enterprise. Cavium's participation in VMworld US 2017 spans multiple demonstrations and product showcases, which include:

  • Demo: Breakthrough performance from an end-to-end FC-NVMe solution with QLogic Gen 6 Fibre Channel delivering more than 2 million NVMe IOPS on the innovative SPDK-based software-defined storage framework @ Cavium Booth #1230 
  • Demo: Industry's only solution that delivers technology choice and investment protection to customers with concurrent RoCE and iWARP transports for NVMe over Fabrics @ Cavium Booth #1230
  • Product Showcase: Cavium FastLinQ 10/25/50/100GbE NICs and CNAs, QLogic Enhanced Gen 5 and Gen 6 Fibre Channel adapters, LiquidIO® 10/25Gbps Smart NICs and NITROX® XL Adapters

Cavium QLogic NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) Solution
Next-generation, data-intensive workloads utilize low latency NVMe flash-based storage to meet ever increasing user demand. By combining the lossless, highly deterministic nature of Fibre Channel with NVMe, FC-NVMe delivers the performance, application response time, and scalability needed for next-generation data centers, while leveraging existing Fibre Channel infrastructure. Currently shipping QLogic 2690 Series of Enhanced Gen 5 and 2700 Series of Gen 6 Fibre Channel adapters are FC-NVMe ready and are being evaluated in FC-NVMe fabrics by multiple customers and partners across the industry.

Cavium FastLinQ NVMe over Ethernet Universal RDMA (NVMe-oF) Solution
Driven by the performance demands of NVMe, high-performance, low-latency networking is a fundamental requirement for a fabric to scale out. Ethernet-based RDMA fabrics with their exceptional low latency and offload capabilities will become a popular choice for NVMe over Fabrics.  Cavium FastLinQ 45000/41000 Series Ethernet NICs support Universal RDMA (RoCE, RoCEv2 and iWARP concurrently) and deliver the ultimate choice to customers for scaling out NVMe over a general-purpose Ethernet fabric.

Cavium's LiquidIO Smart NICs
LiquidIO 10/25/40GbE Smart NICs/network appliance adapters accelerate performance for SDN and NFV application by offloading Open vSwitch with various server virtualization, security, and network virtualization processing including overlay networks, IPsec, distributed firewall, DPI for application recognition and dynamic service chaining with cloud configuration.

Cavium's NITROX Adapters
NITROX XL Adapters offer solutions from a few hundred Mbps to 100Gbps of encryption bandwidth and from a few thousand to 130K 2048b RSA operations per second. These adapters also offer up to 100Gbps of compression support. Cavium's NITROX FIPS Adapters offer from a few thousand to over a million symmetric, as well as from a few hundred to 35K asymmetric operations per second. These adapters are the industry's only adapters that provide 32 runtime elastic FIPS/HSM partitions. Both adapters are heavily used for OEM, as well as NFV solutions. In addition, cloud data centers heavily utilize the NITROX FIPS adapters to meet compliance requirements.

Cavium FastLinQ 40000 Series 10/25/40/50/100GbE, QLogic 2690 Series Enhanced Gen 5 16GFC and 2700 Series Gen 6 32GFC adapters are available from Cavium and multiple leading OEMs and ODMs. Cavium LiquidIO 10/25/40Gbps Smart NICs and NITROX adapters are available from Cavium. For more information, visit

Published Monday, August 28, 2017 8:43 AM by David Marshall
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