Data Center Overview
Mellanox's networking solutions based on InfiniBand, Ethernet, or RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) provide the best price, performance, and power value proposition for network and storage I/O processing capabilities. Advanced data centers can utilize 25/40/50/100G InfiniBand or Ethernet, or RoCE to consolidate I/O to a single wire and enable IT managers to deliver significantly higher application service levels, while reducing CapEx and OpEx related to I/O infrastructures. Mellanox provides a large pool of deployment, manageability and performance tools with networking products for a myriad of software environments to fine tune solutions to customer requirements.
Increased density of virtual machines on a single system within a data center is driving more I/O connectivity per physical server. Multiple 1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet NICs along with Fibre Channel HBAs are used in a single enterprise system for data exchange. Such hardware proliferation has increased I/O cost, convoluted cable management, and caused loss of I/O slots. 25GbE and higher networking solutions with higher speeds that can run multiple protocols simultaneously (RoCE, iSCSI, etc.) can deliver better performance with unmatched scalability and efficiency. This helps reduce costs while providing the ability to support an increasingly virtualized and agile data center.
Datacenter operators are now increasingly adopting controller-less network virtualization leveraging Ethernet Virtual Private Network (EVPN) with VXLAN. As the name suggests, there are no controllers involved in this approach. BGP – the same protocol that runs the internet is used to propagate MAC/IP reachability and build a highly scalable virtualized fabric. Mellanox Spectrum switches have comprehensive support for VXLAN overlays with 10X better scalability and rich feature set. With support for all flavors of VXLAN routing and concurrently with RoCE, Spectrum switches are the ideal building block for modern virtualized infrastructure.
Ethernet is the dominant storage interconnect in the cloud. New storage technologies such as NVMe Over Fabrics have dramatically improved storage performance. Traditional Commodity Ethernet switches are incapable of consistently and predictably handling high bandwidth storage traffic. With support for high-bandwidth cut-through performance, compact form-factor and turn-key integration with major storage solutions, Mellanox Spectrum Ethernet switches are purpose-built and ideal for Ethernet Storage Fabric.
The efficiency of today's data centers depends heavily on fast and efficient networking and storage capabilities. Microsoft has determined that offloading the network stack processing from the CPU to the network is the optimal solution for storage hungry workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server, and Machine learning. Offloading frees the CPU to do other application processing, which improves performance and reduces the number of servers required to support a given workload, resulting in both CapEx and OpEx savings.
Whether looking for on premise data center or public cloud offerings, Microsoft‘s solutions combined with Mellanox networking with offload accelerators provides for a solid foundation to provide outstanding performance, and increased efficiency to accommodate evolving business needs. Turn-key Microsoft Based Solutions based Mellanox ConnectX adapters and Spectrum Ethernet switches are available through key OEM partners such as Dataon, SecureGuard and Fujitsu.
Mellanox high performance and low latency Ethernet and InfiniBand-based server adapters and switches provide fault-tolerant and unified connectivity between clustered database servers and native storage, allowing for very high efficiency of CPU and storage capacity usage. The result is 50 % less hardware cost to achieve the same level of performance.