Mellanox Releases World's First 40 Gigabit Ethernet Converged Network Adapter Card

Mellanox extends its 40Gb/s technology leadership with breakthrough Ethernet connectivity solution for data center servers and storage systems

September 21, 2009

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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 21, 2009 - Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced availability of the Mellanox ConnectX-2 EN 40G converged network adapter card, the world's first 40 Gigabit Ethernet adapter solution. ConnectX-2 EN 40G enables data centers to maximize the utilization of the latest multi-core processors, achieve unprecedented Ethernet server and storage connectivity, and advance LAN and SAN unification efforts. Mellanox's 40 Gigabit Ethernet converged network adapter sets the stage for next-generation data centers by enabling high-bandwidth Ethernet fabrics optimized for efficiency while reducing costs, power, and complexity.

"Mellanox is committed to delivering high bandwidth, low-latency solutions to drive efficiency and productivity while lowering costs for data centers and cloud computing," said Eyal Waldman, chairman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. "ConnectX-2 EN 40G delivers the industry's highest Ethernet bandwidth to unleash the performance potential of the latest multi-core CPUs, and provides the best return on investment for compute and storage infrastructure to end-users in terms of capital and operational expenses."

Today data centers require more than 10 Gigabits per second networking solutions to achieve the highest database transactions per second, to support the increasing networking demands of virtualized environments, and to enable true I/O consolidation. Mellanox's 40 Gigabit Ethernet converged network adapter provides IT managers with the networking solutions to build the most effective, future proof data centers that deliver the best user experience.

"Consistent with its technology leadership track record, Mellanox is pushing the Ethernet technology boundary with the release of its 40 Gigabit Ethernet solution," said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at The Linley Group. "IT managers can today utilize Mellanox's 10 Gigabit Ethernet offerings and migrate to 40 Gigabit Ethernet for their next generation, future proofed data centers. The new ConnectX-2 EN 40G adapter card is an indication of the industry's insatiable demand for more data center networking performance."

Available today, ConnectX-2 EN 40G supports hardware-based I/O virtualization, including Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV), and delivers the features needed for a converged network with support for Data Center Bridging (DCB). Mellanox's 40 Gigabit Ethernet converged network adapter solution simplifies FCoE deployment with T11 Fibre Channel frame encapsulation support and hardware offloads. The single port ConnectX-2 EN 40G adapter comes with one QSFP connector suitable for use with copper or fiber optic cables to provide the highest flexibility to IT managers.As part of Mellanox's comprehensive portfolio of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and InfiniBand adapters, ConnectX-2 EN 40G is supported by a full suite of software drivers for Microsoft Windows, Linux distributions, VMware and Citrix XEN Server. ConnectX-2 EN 40G supports stateless offload and is fully interoperable with standard TCP/UDP/IP stacks.
Live 40 Gigabit Ethernet Demonstration at Intel Developer Forum 2009
Mellanox will demonstrate ConnectX-2 EN 40G converged network adapter products in the Mellanox booth (#421) during IDF 2009 (September 22-24, 2009).
About Mellanox Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage that optimize data center performance. Mellanox products deliver market-leading bandwidth, performance, scalability, power conservation and cost-effectiveness while converging multiple legacy network technologies into one future-proof solution. For the best in performance and scalability, Mellanox is the choice for Fortune 500 data centers and the world's most powerful supercomputers. Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam, Israel. For more information, visit Mellanox at Mellanox, ConnectX, InfiniBlast, InfiniBridge, InfiniHost, InfiniRISC, InfiniScale, and InfiniPCI are registered trademarks of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. BridgeX, FabricIT, PhyX, and Virtual Protocol Interconnect are trademarks of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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