Mellanox eyes hyperscale Ethernet security opportunity with new cloud-focused network adapter

Sunnyvale-based computer networking specialist Mellanox Technologies has unveiled it’s focusing on dramatically rising demand for secure cloud Ethernet services by a broad sweep of customers including hyperscalers, as cloud, e-commerce, and social media enterprises are increasingly able to access to the data of hundreds of millions of users.

Speaking to media and analysts at the NetEvents Global IT Summit  in San Jose, Mellanox VP of Ethernet adapters and SmartNIC Yael Shenhav said the company had started shipping the ConnectX-6 Dx – which she billed as “the world’s most advanced secure 200Gb/s Cloud Ethernet network adapter.”

0 (19)“The best just got better,” she said, referring to recent comparison testing by Tolly Lab, in which ConnectX-6 Dx’s predecessor, the ConnectX-5 25G/bs NIC had outflanked rival Broadcom’s NetXtreme E adapter.

The report concluded that the earlier model delivered up to twice the throughput of the Broadcom adapter in a range of environments and under different workloads common to cloud and flash storage rollouts.

In addition, she said the testing showed that the Mellanox device can handle more connections, transmitting more data without packet loss and using fewer host CPU cycles per packet.

Shenhav also said that in addition to better performance, customers also considered open source and collaboration as key capabilities, along with the ability to achieve uncompromising flexibility with a “software-defined, hardware-accelerated architecture.”

Finally, Shenhav highlighted the firm’s involvement in the Open Compute Project, noting key OEM partnerships with Dell and HPE, as well as agreements with software partners such as Microsoft, IBM/Redhat and VMware.

Telecom Times was in San Jose as a guest of NetEvents


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