Voltaire Delivers Big Platform

Voltaire delivers highest-performing unified fabrics for data centers with new 20-Gbits/s switch

November 14, 2007

3 Min Read
Network Computing logo

RENO, Nev. -- Voltaire Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOLT), a leading provider of grid backbone solutions for the data center, today introduced the Grid Director ISR 2004, a new 20 Gigabits/second, 96-port InfiniBand switching platform for high-performance unified fabrics in the data center. When combined with Voltaire’s recently introduced 10 Gigabit Ethernet line board and 4 Gigabits/second Fibre Channel storage router, customers can introduce unified fabrics to their data centers that take advantage of the highest performance InfiniBand, Ethernet and storage available on the market today.

Unified fabrics provide seamless, high performance networking services between InfiniBand fabrics, Fibre Channel SANs and Ethernet LANs over a single high performance fabric with multiple virtual interfaces replacing actual physical adapters. Voltaire’s Grid Director™ switches enable unified fabrics for the next generation data center by addressing all three types of networking traffic. Customers can now use a single switch and no longer need to invest in three separate network technologies with multiple network adapters to operate a data center fabric. The result is better application performance at lower costs.

“The Grid Director ISR 2004 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel routers are a comprehensive solution that truly delivers improved application performance and ease-of-use at lower costs,” said Patrick Guay, senior vice president of marketing, Voltaire. “Unlike competitive offerings that are more suitable for departmental applications, the Voltaire Grid Director ISR 2004 is ideal for large enterprises as well as commercial HPC users that want to deploy unified fabrics.”

In a separate release:

RENO, Nev. -- Voltaire Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOLT), a leading provider of grid backbone solutions for the data center, today announced that its InfiniBand solutions are available for the new HP Cluster Platform Workgroup System. The solution is ideal for workgroup and departmental HPC customers with compute intensive workloads in the computer aided engineering, life sciences, oil & gas and financial services industries.“The HP Cluster Platform Workgroup System is an easy and affordable way for small project teams and workgroups to use InfiniBand and blade servers together in a packaged solution to accelerate their high performance applications,” said Patrick Guay, senior vice president, marketing at Voltaire. “This is essentially a hassle-free HPC cluster that requires no special power and minimal IT staff since it is pre-tested and ready to run out-of-the-box.”

This new solution from HP combines Voltaire’s high performance InfiniBand software with the HP BladeSystem c3000, which provides up to 8 server blades in a compact, pre-configured chassis. The solution uses Voltaire GridStack™ software to enable applications to utilize the exceptional performance of RDMA that is inherent in InfiniBand hardware. The system also uses Voltaire’s GridVision BladeFM™ software, which provides a comprehensive set of tools and utilities that simplify common tasks related to the configuration, management and monitoring of InfiniBand fabrics. The software enables a consolidated and managed bladed configuration without the need for external InfiniBand switches or hosts.

“Midmarket customers are asking for the benefits of high performance computing technology without the complexity,” said Ed Turkel, product marketing manager, High Performance Computing, HP. “Incorporating Voltaire’s InfiniBand software in our new HP Cluster Platform Workgroup System, provides departmental and workgroup users with substantial application performance improvements for their most demanding engineering, research and analytical workloads.”

Voltaire Inc.

Stay informed! Sign up to get expert advice and insight delivered direct to your inbox

You May Also Like

More Insights