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August 28, 2012

Mellanox Unveils High-Performance RDMA-Based Virtual SAN Software Appliance

Storage providers and application managers now have the chance to boost application performance and scalability, while significantly lowering infrastructure costs. Mellanox (News - Alert) Technologies, a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced the availability of its VSA Virtual SAN (vSAN) software appliance, which leverages server hardware with local storage and SSDs to form large-scale, virtual storage networks.

“Mellanox VSA vSAN software appliance significantly reduces data center and cloud infrastructure costs while actually boosting application performance,” said Yaron Haviv, vice president of data center solutions at Mellanox Technologies. “In addition, its internal RDMA-based clustering technology scales out to many virtual appliances without performance or efficiency loss.”

Mellanox's Storage Accelerator (VSA) software is noted to be a highly scalable, high-performance, low-latency software solution for tier-one storage and gateways, and provides ultra-fast remote block storage access and accelerates access to SAN, DAS or Flash-based storage.

The newly announced VSA vSAN software appliance has inherent caching and clustering, and utilizes RDMA, InfiniBand and Ethernet hardware acceleration to deliver six-fold faster performance than using Fiber Channel SAN storage systems.

The VSA vSAN software appliance reduces the costs of FC SAN adapters, switches and physical storage systems, while creating unprecedented application performance over virtualized infrastructures. It also supports iSCSI and hardware accelerated iSCSI with RDMA, provides centralized cluster management for multiple virtual appliances, and can be managed through VMware vCenter via a plug-in.

The VSA vSAN Appliance can act as a virtual FC SAN gateway as well, enabling coexistence with the acceleration of existing and legacy FC SANs.

In regard to how a VM client can benefit from Mellanox’s VSA vSAN software appliance, a single VM client can achieve 190,000 IOPS and 5 Gigabytes/second bandwidth. Moreover, VSA target appliance instance can deliver 6 Gigabytes/second with a single RDMA adapter and 12 Gigabytes/second with two adapters, and can serve more than 1,000,000 IOPS.

Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software and silicon, which accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets, including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services.

Recently, Mellanox announced support for the new generation of NVIDIA (News - Alert) GPUDirect technology.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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