Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX; TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today launched the “ Generation of Open Ethernet” initiative, an alternative approach to traditional closed-code Ethernet switches, which provides customers with full flexibility and freedom to custom-design their data center in order to optimize utilization, efficiency and overall return on investment. With this new approach, Mellanox is taking Software Defined Networking (SDN) to the next level and opening the source code on top of its existing Ethernet switch hardware.
For years, Ethernet switch vendors have locked down their solutions, providing no choice or flexibility for their users. In the era of cloud computing and Web 2.0 applications, IT managers must control their data center network in order to achieve higher levels of utilization and scalability. The trend of open source traditionally focused only on operating systems, standards and applications. Mellanox is taking this initiative and is leading the “Generation of Open Ethernet” to enable the next era of open data centers by expanding open source into the data center infrastructure.
The market’s move toward SDN and open source networking offers a variety of advantages that help drive data center productivity currently not found with traditional proprietary software. Today’s OpenFlow and SDN implementations are not delivering on the promise, since vendors continue to lock their networking OS, providing a narrow SDN API to some of the Ethernet switch’s functionality. Mellanox Open Ethernet is the only framework that eliminates proprietary software and encourages the development of an ecosystem environment focused on building Ethernet switch software to move innovation forward. Open Ethernet also includes the capability to fully customize, through the open code, a variety of open source management software packages, support standard OpenFlow controllers, and more. Open Ethernet is supported on Mellanox’s 10/20/40/56GbE switches, with forward compatibility to future Mellanox Ethernet solutions.