Product Id: 21952242
Description: Mellanox BridgeX BX5020 - Gateway - 10 GigE, InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, 2Gb Fibre Channel, 4Gb Fibre Channel, 8Gb Fibre Channel
Mfr Part #: MBX5020-1SFR
The BX5020 is a high density, low latency gateway allowing data centers to deploy I/O consolidation solutions using InfiniBand as the convergence fabric of choice. Networks have increased in size and managing a growing multi-fabric infrastructure has become a daunting task. Enterprise data centers currently use three different networks - storage area networks using fiber channel transport for storage access, local area network using Ethernet transport for standard network access and system area networks using InfiniBand transport for inter-process communication and high-performance clustering. With the BX5020 virtualization system, enterprises can get rid of this complexity while improving performance, enable flexibility and save energy and cooling costs.
BX5020 when combined with Mellanox host adapters enables data centers to operate in high-performance network speed on the hosts and connects lower speed Gigabit and 10 Gigabit E Ethernet networks and 1, 2, 4, 8Gbps fiber channel SAN networks. BX5020 connects to existing SAN and LAN and at the same time, providing I/O consolidation. Server applications that rely on Ethernet and fiber channel transport run unmodified using Ethernet over InfiniBand (EoIB) or fiber channel over InfiniBand (FCoIB) protocol encapsulation. Existing LAN and SAN infrastructure and management practices can be preserved easing deployment and providing significant return on investment.
- I/O consolidation on 40Gbps InfiniBand
- Reduces cabling, power and cooling costs
- Applications run unchanged and are presented with NIC and HBA software interfaces
- Preserves investments in LAN, iSCSI SAN and FC SAN infrastructure and management practices
- Presents virtualized Ethernet and fiber channel host ports
- QoS provides granular bandwidth allocation
- Simplified local or remote management
In a unified I/O solution, various performance capabilities are required because each network has unique characteristics and metrics. For server to server interconnection, a low-latency fabric is critical; for storage traffic a lossless fabric with high IOPS (I/O per second) capability is important; and for a regular network, higher bandwidth is required. The BX5020 combines low-latency, lossless fabric and high-performance in a 1U form-factor. Both Unicast and Multicast traffic benefits from the high bandwidth converged I/O infrastructure.
The BX5020 when combined with Mellanox host adapters delivers cost-savings by integrating three networks on a single wire. Consolidating multiple networks on a single wire, not only delivers CAPEX savings by having one adapter instead of three in a server and having a single switch instead of three, but also on OPEX savings. OPEX savings are provided by reducing cabling complexity, reduced switch and server infrastructure.