Mellanox Announces Multiprotocol Remote Boot Technology for Enhanced Data Center Flexibility

FlexBoot™ Delivers Ease-of-Use and Flexibility to IT Administrators to Provision or Repurpose Their Data Center Using Mellanox 10GbE, InfiniBand and Virtual Protocol Interconnect™ Adapter Technology

SUNNYVALE, CA. and YOKNEAM, ISRAEL – Feb. 17, 2010 – Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX; TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the availability of FlexBoot, a multiprotocol remote boot technology that allows IT administrators to provision servers in the data center using ConnectX® adapters either over InfiniBand with Boot over InfiniBand (BoIB) or Ethernet with Boot over Ethernet (BoE).

Mellanox’s family of ConnectX adapters delivers industry leading performance for both 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 10, 20 and 40Gb/s InfiniBand. Mellanox’s unique Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) technology enables the adapter card to auto-sense the connected fabric and configure the port type as InfiniBand or Ethernet. FlexBoot, based on the EtherBoot/gPXE open source architecture, works in conjunction with VPI technology giving IT managers the flexibility to deploy servers with one adapter card into InfiniBand or 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks that can boot from a remote storage target (iSCSI target) or a LAN target (Ethernet Remote Boot Server). Whether using ConnectX in 10GbE or InfiniBand applications, FlexBoot provides IT administrators ease-of-use and reduced complexity.

“Cloud computing and SaaS infrastructures require flexible networking options that deliver optimum efficiency and performance for applications in multi-tenant environments,” said John Monson, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “Data Center administrators can reduce server administration costs by enabling remote boot based dynamic repurposing of servers across both InfiniBand and Ethernet fabrics simultaneously while simplifying configuration management with a single ROM image on adapters in the servers.”

FlexBoot comes with an easy to use Command Line Interface (CLI) that can be invoked at the end of a server’s Power On Self Test (POST) sequence. Using CLI commands, the user can configure and manage the network port interfaces, chose boot options and boot from various targets.

FlexBoot is supported on all Mellanox ConnectX and InfiniHost® III Ex/Lx InfiniBand adapters. Available today, FlexBoot can be downloaded via a binary package from Mellanox’s website at

About Mellanox
Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage that optimize data center performance. Mellanox products deliver market-leading bandwidth, performance, scalability, power conservation and cost-effectiveness while converging multiple legacy network technologies into one future-proof solution. For the best in performance and scalability, Mellanox is the choice for Fortune 500 data centers and the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam,Israel. For more information, visit Mellanox at

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