Mellanox Technologies, a primary supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect services for data center servers and storage systems, is on track to ship over one million ConnectX and BlueField Ethernet network adapters in Q3 2019, which the firm has billed as a new quarterly record.
It said the milestone reflected the growing need of public and private clouds, telco operators and enterprise data centers for faster compute and storage platforms, driving the adoption of faster, more advanced and more secured networking infrastructure.
Mellanox said its ConnectX and BlueField SmartNICs devices enabled data center operators to leverage networking speeds of 25, 50, 100, and 200 Gb/s, and take advantage of advanced offload capabilities to speed up networking, virtualization, storage and security tasks, freeing up server CPUs for lucrative applications.
“We expect this number to continue and grow in the coming quarters as more of the market is transitioning to 25 Gb/s Ethernet and faster speeds,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “The extensive portfolios of ConnectX cards and ICs, and BlueField IPUs, are positioned for a wide variety of data-center, cloud and AI applications, delivering maximum productivity, efficiency, scalability and return on investment.”
ConnectX-6 Dx’s hardware offload engines include IPsec and TLS inline data-in-motion encryption, advanced network virtualization, RoCE and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) storage accelerations.
The BlueField-2 IPU integrates the advanced capabilities of ConnectX-6 Dx with an array of powerful Arm processor cores, high performance memory interfaces, and flexible processing capabilities in a single System-on-Chip (SoC), supporting both Ethernet and InfiniBand connectivity up to 200Gb/s.