Mellanox and LSI introduce low-latency storage solution
Sep 03, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a supplier of interconnect solutions, and LSI Corporation, which designs semiconductors and software, have introduced a low-latency storage solution to reportedly accelerate virtual desktop infrastructure workload performance.
The companies have announced the results of a collaborative solution for enabling greater virtual desktop density per server using VMware Horizon View. The combined low-latency solution consists of a Mellanox 40GbE NICs and the LSI Nytro MegaRAID application acceleration card that uniquely integrates onboard flash capacity with intelligent caching software and hard drive RAID management. The integrated application acceleration solution is designed to provide customers with a lower cost alternative to traditional storage solutions. With a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) workload, the joint solution supports up to 1,500 desktops across 10 vSphere servers with a hardware MSRP of less than $25,000, said Mellanox.
"Mellanox 40GbE interconnects teamed with LSI PCIe flash cards optimizes VDI environments and provides unmatched cost-performance benefits." said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "The hardware offload capabilities embedded in our 40GbE NICs overcome the limitations of ordinary TCP/IP interconnects, thereby allowing servers to efficiently connect to the storage subsystem and take full advantage of the performance of flash storage in a VDI environment, and eliminates redundant and costly SAN infrastructure."
To evaluate this solution supporting a VMware Horizon View environment, a pair of white box servers was used with the Mellanox 40GbE end-to-end solution and LSI Nytro card. Since enterprise environments demand no single point of failure, the performance overhead of supporting a highly available configuration was measured, added Mellanox.
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