Diagnose Network Problems Faster with Mellanox WJH Technology

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Today Mellanox announced an advanced Network Telemetry technology that provides visibility into Data Plane Anomalies – for public cloud, private cloud and enterprise computing.

What Just Happened (WJH) is a new intelligent monitoring technology that goes well beyond conventional streaming telemetry and Inband Network Telemetry (INT) offerings. These conventional telemetry offerings generate enormous amounts of data that is mined from network port counters and statistical packet sampling and hop-by-hop INT data. This type of telemetry data lacks any context or actionable details on abnormal network behavior, forcing the network admin or monitoring tool to perform time consuming analysis to find the root cause of network issues. WJH event-based telemetry delivers direct and actionable information and thus eliminates the guesswork from network troubleshooting.

We make the most advanced Ethernet Switches in the market, with networking capabilities that go well beyond industry-leading latency and packet forwarding performance,” said Amit Katz, vice president of Ethernet switches, Mellanox Technologies. “Customers need a smarter network, a network that can be invisible when it comes to automated installation and provisioning, but extra-visible when it comes to troubleshooting. Every customer who has tried WJH has been amazed at how quickly they were able to discover behavior they never knew was occurring in their network. We make WJH advanced telemetry available to all our customers without playing the license-per-feature game that our competitors do. WJH is a technology enabler that is the missing element for autonomous and self-healing networks.”

The WJH solution leverages the unique hardware capabilities built into the Mellanox Spectrum and Spectrum-2 Ethernet switch ASICs to inspect packets at multi-terabit speeds – far faster than software or firmware-based solutions offered by competitors. In Mellanox based switch systems, WJH inspects packets across all ports at line-rate, at speeds that would overwhelm traditional Deep Packet Inspection solutions. WJH then identifies anomalous behavior, consolidates this into concise, specific, and actionable data that enables rapid remediation and recovery of cloud applications and critical business operations.

Nimbix accelerates HPC, AI and machine/deep learning applications by providing purpose-built cloud computing technology that is optimized for these workloads,” said Rob Sherrard, Co-Founder & VP of Service Delivery at Nimbix Inc. “Mellanox’s switches are part of our best-in-class cloud computing infrastructure and we are excited to use WJH to increase the utilization of the data center fabric while improving the visibility of the overall network.”

WJH is available now with the latest versions of Mellanox Onyx, Cumulus Linux, and SONiC Network Operating Systems. The Mellanox WJH technology embraces Open Ethernet and is easily integrated with open source tools like InfluxDB, Grafana, Kibana, but also works with data center wide monitoring solutions like Mellanox NEO and Cumulus’ NetQ.

Mellanox Spectrum switches are a part of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Storage Networking portfolio as the HPE M-series. For storage administrators, troubleshooting network and SAN issues has always been a challenge. With WJH, we solved this problem and can easily debug severe network issues in minutes. This is the power of ESF – it is not just another Ethernet switch,” said Rupin Mohan, Director of R&D of Storage Networking at HPE. “The combination of WJH and Smart Fabric Orchestrator (SFO) enhances HPE M-series solutions and simplifies SAN management and troubleshooting by providing advanced diagnostics that help keep everything running smoothly without performance degradation.”

Visit Mellanox at the 2019 KubeCon event at booth #S33 in Barcelona.

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