Feeds

Oracle and HP's database machine predicated on Voltaire

Israeli firm says Infiniband is best of all possible I0s

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

El Reg: How can InfiniBand move into the general data centre server networking space?

Asaf Somekh: Solutions like the HP-Oracle Database Machine are helping InfiniBand gain more share of the data center networking market. But there are many other things happening at a technology level and a macro economic level that will help InfiniBand proliferate in the data center. For example, Voltaire is doing a lot of work with leading enterprise applications such as Oracle and VMware to ensure tight integration, better I/O throughput, scalability and performance boosts for these applications.

The needs of the applications will be the drivers for InfiniBand adoption. At a business level, customers are telling us their charter from management is to get the most performance for their business-critical applications for the lowest cost. Many are turning to clusters and scale-out architectures to help them do more with less. InfiniBand is the best technology for delivering application performance in scale-out environments. It’s also about 50 per cent more energy efficient technology than 10 Gigabit Ethernet which provides additional savings on power and cooling.

Comment

Iain Stephens, HP's VP for industry standard servers in EMEA, says he's seeing customers using linked servers with direct-access storage being connected together and to accessing servers with InfiniBand, because that's the most cost-effective way to get the network I/O speed needed. That adds another strand to the InfiniBand-use-is-spreading view.

Asaf's cost point above contradicts the Cisco Ethernet economics story, but I'd guess Cisco would say that's only a minor and temporary blip, as the Ethernet tide just washes over every other network alternative thing in its path over the next few years.

It's likely that applications needing 10GigE performance now or more, plus the losslessness and better latency that InfiniBand provides will have a peek at using it. As - or if - CIOs (chief information officers) get energy cost responsibility, then that might encourage more InfiniBand takeup.

The common sense view is that Ethernet will be the prevailing interconnect in data centres. There's no InfiniBand revolution in prospect but its use does look to be spreading, particularly amongst customers who, we might say, are daring enough to use its speed.

Mind you, Voltaire isn't a reliable inspiration. The man described Canada as "a few acres of snow". ®

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.