Feeds

Mellanox targets Fibre Channel with 56 Gbps FDR InfiniBand

Virtualised apps can chat across a network at the same speed of intra-server comms

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Mellanox is confidently predicting the slow death of Fibre Channel, as it rips the wrapping paper off a 56 Gbps FDR InfiniBand solution it says offers ten times faster live migration of Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machines.

Marketing VP Kevin Deierling believes the march of RDMA-enabled Ethernet and InfiniBand systems, along with the shift of workloads to the cloud, is going to continue driving Fibre Channel into a shrinking niche.

“On the data I have, almost two-thirds of workloads will be in the cloud by 2016, compared to those in the traditional data centre,” he said. And that will be bad news for Fibre Channel, since Deierling believes cloud data centres are being built without Fibre Channel.

“Fibre Channel retains some inertia, but with declining ports and revenue, it's in trouble,” he said.

The way cloud environments are being built, he said, means the cloud runs “closer to its capacity … in the cloud, there isn't going to be a second network. The data centre will be built on InfiniBand or on 40 Gbps Ethernet, and in both cases, it has remote direct memory access (RDMA).”

Which brings us back to the vaunted Windows Server 2012 R2 and SMB integration: running RDMA over InfiniBand and Ethernet and cutting the processor out of inter-VM communications leaves around 88 percent of the processor's cycles available for the application, the company says, compared to just 53 percent without RDMA.

On the company's 56 Gbps InfiniBand kit, Deierling said, apps are communicating across the network as fast as if they were on the same machine. “That allows people to build enormous clouds, huge deployments because the storage can behave the same in terms of throughput and IOPS wherever it is”.

It's also a big performance boost for database apps, with Deierling saying users are seeing a hundredfold performance improvement on MS SQL 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse compared to their legacy deployment, and getting faster database ingest performance. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?