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Voltaire Delivers Next-Gen Switches

BILLERICA, Mass. -- Voltaire, a leading provider of grid backbone solutions, today introduced the Grid Director ISR 2012, a new director-class switching platform for high-performance grid computing in the data center. With a powerful next generation 20 Gbps design, it is ideal for large, scale-out architectures and addresses many of the critical pain points of today’s data centers including inefficiencies from increasing server I/O bottlenecks, added complexity created by the use of multiple networks for servers, storage and LANs, and rising energy and data center real-estate costs.

The Grid Director ISR 2012 features up to 288 ports of full 20 Gbps InfiniBand connectivity and microsecond latencies to enable high-performance applications to run on distributed server, network and storage resources. The switch provides reliable packet delivery with ultra low error rates that ensure jobs run to completion and eliminates performance-robbing packet drops, retransmissions and fabric downtime. The superior signal quality enables the use of longer cables and the power-efficient design offers lower power and cooling requirements as compared to 10 Gigabit Ethernet offerings.

"Innovative solutions such as the Grid Director ISR 2012 that are based on 20 Gbps InfiniBand
will continue to push 10 GigE to the edge of the data center," said Patrick Guay, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Voltaire. "By providing customers with leading edge cost/performance, low error rates, low power and the ability to scale, Voltaire offers the ideal solution for high performance grid computing environments."

Voltaire Inc.