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December 06, 2010

Mellanox Delivers Connectivity Solutions to Enable Efficient Cloud

(Editor’s Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Cloud Expo 2010 in Santa Clara, California. To view the entire library of videos from other industry shows, Road Shows and product demos and interviews in our in-house studio, visit TMCnet Videos home page.)

At last month’s Cloud Expo 2010 in Santa Clara, Calif., TMC’s Executive Editor Erin Harrison met with Mellanox (News - Alert) Technologies’ vice president of marketing, John Monson, to see what Mellanox had to offer to the cloud and how the company’s contributions were further improving cloud services.

Monson started by saying that his company offered physical resources, such as adapters, switches and cabling, for the infrastructure. These physical end-to-end connectivity products deliver very high bandwidth, low latency, and require very little CPU cycle to work. Plus, the economical performance of these products improves the efficiency of a data center or the cloud, stated Monson.

When asked to give a concrete example of a cloud or data center employing Mellanox’s connectivity solutions, Monson was quick to identify Oracle’s (News - Alert) Exalogic system for cloud services and Exadata storage servers. Leveraging Mellanox’s 40 Gbps InfiniBand connectivity solutions, these systems are achieving 10 times improvements in performance, stated Monson.

Next, Harrison asked the vice president to shed some light on a recent technology award received by the company. His answer was that the technology applies to many markets and global HPC community is reaping the benefits of high speed connectivity. The company’s ConnectX-2 InfiniBand adapters received the Best HPC Interconnect Product or Technology award from HPCwire, in the readers and editors choice category.

Monson then talked about working with Beijing Computing Center to build the Beijing Public Cloud Computing Center, a joint cloud computing laboratory to further enhance China's Cloud computing technology efforts. Similarly, he boasted about how his company’s InfiniBand connectivity solutions were providing high-speed networking for University of Cambridge’s HPC Cloud.

Going further, Harrison asked Monson to explain the scalability part of Mellanox solution. His reply was that the company builds cloud infrastructure that can handle a variety of applications. “Our infrastructure should be able to handle high performance computing and must also be able to scale to handle a less complex task,” explained Monson.

Harrison finally asked what was next on the agenda, in which Monson responded, “We will continue to push the envelope for delivering products that have efficiency gain. We will continue to add CPU off load functionality to further improve efficiency in HPC computing and enterprises. Efficiency gain is essentially ROI for businesses and enterprises,” concluded Monson. 

Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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