Mellanox Announces ConnectX-4 Lx 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

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Today Mellanox announced its ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25/40/50 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, delivering optimal cost-performance and scalable connectivity for Cloud, Web 2.0 and storage platforms. As the first adapter designed to serve as a direct replacement for commonly deployed 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, the ConnectX-4 Lx allows businesses to migrate to higher-performance technology as their bandwidth requirements increase without demanding an infrastructure overhaul or added operating expense.

The performance expectations placed on data centers today are unprecedented and require organizations to make infrastructure decisions that meet today’s demands while anticipating future growth needs,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president of network infrastructure, IDC. “Next-generation cloud data centers need network infrastructure solutions that have the flexibility and scalability to handle dramatically increasing data sets while remaining cost-effective from both the operational and capital expense perspective.”

ConnectX-4 Lx supports Multi-Host technology which enables multiple compute and storage hosts to connect to a single adapter, while maintaining high-performance levels and reducing overall data center CAPEX and OPEX. ConnectX-4 Lx also includes native hardware support for RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), stateless offload engines, and GPUDirect. Together with Mellanox’s Spectrum 10/25/40/50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet switches, Mellanox now enables a complete and world-leading end-to-end Ethernet solution for cloud, Web 2.0, data analytics, artificial intelligence and enterprise data centers. With Mellanox Ethernet solutions, data center users and managers can upgrade from 10 to 25 or from 40 to 50 or 100Gb/s performance.

With the exponential increase in data usage and the creation of new applications, the demand for high-throughput, low-latency interconnects with sophisticated data and virtualization acceleration engines continues to rise,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “We developed ConnectX-4 Lx in anticipation of businesses’ need to migrate to higher-performance solutions as greater bandwidth is needed for cloud and Web 2.0 data centers. The ConnectX-4 Lx allows for 2.5x the performance to be packed into the same infrastructure footprint improving overall server and storage utilization to achieve maximum return-on-investment.”

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