Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, and Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX) (TASE:MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that Red Hat Enterprise MRG with the open Advanced Messaging Queuing Protocol (AMQP) standard and Red Hat Enterprise Linux achieved Ethernet-based data center fabric performance, delivering a 42 percent reduction in latency using Mellanox ConnectX-2 with RDMA over Ethernet (RoE), with throughputs up to 1.2 million acknowledged messages per second, with latencies in the 10 microseconds range in tests conducted by Red Hat. Such performance is critical for financial institutions and other enterprise applications for which every millisecond of improved latency translates to significant dollars in potential increased profitability. By enabling support for ConnectX-2 with RoE in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat is enabling easier deployment of such high-performing systems, further improving return-on-investment for end users.

Many enterprise and cloud workloads have extremely demanding requirements for determinism – to ensure predictable response times and service levels. Today's complex IT infrastructure requires many components to work well together to form a complete application stack that delivers that level of performance. The foundation layer consists of verified real-time capable hardware combined with the MRG Realtime kernel and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system environment. Above the foundation are essential mid-tier components like real-time Java runtime, messaging, grid scheduling that Red Hat provides and high-performance connectivity solutions from Mellanox.

“There is a growing class of enterprise and cloud applications that have demanding time constraints and scaling requirements that are unable to be satisfied with general-purpose operating systems and I/O technologies,” said Tim Burke, vice president, Platform Engineering at Red Hat. “By delivering an integrated high-performing, standards-based Red Hat and Mellanox solution, we are enabling IT organizations to reduce costs, while providing the value of realtime access to information in broad markets, such as financial services, telecommunications and a large variety of real-time Java applications.”

RDMA over Ethernet (RoE) is an add-on feature to Mellanox’s ConnectX-2 adapters that implements the IBTA’s RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) standard and utilizes the popular OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) and application programming interfaces (APIs). The ConnectX-2 with RoE adapter delivers up to 1/10 th the latency at the OFED API level, saves power consumption and delivers improved economics compared to other standards-based 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapter solutions in the market. ConnectX-2 with RoE supports 40 Gigabit Ethernet today.

“Low-latency in data center fabrics can benefit application performance and scalability enabling organizations and cloud service providers to deliver higher service levels to their users,” said Sujal Das, senior director of product management at Mellanox Technologies. “We are extremely pleased to offer this joint Red Hat Enterprise MRG, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Mellanox ConnectX-2 based solution to OEMs and end-users that value IT as a competitive edge and need to see immediate results when using a solution.”

Attend the Red Hat Enterprise MRG Messaging Performance Seminar at Red Hat Summit taking place this week in Boston

Red Hat Enterprise MRG Messaging provides many advanced capabilities that enable it to deliver compelling performance. With features ranging from optimizations for Red Hat Enterprise Linux to native RDMA drivers, MRG Messaging can deliver reliable messaging latencies in the low microseconds and throughput in the millions of messages per second.

Experience the Performance and Scaling Benefits of Mellanox 10 and 40Gb/s Connectivity Solutions at Red Hat Summit, Boston and SIFMA, New York City

Mellanox will be demonstrating its end-to-end InfiniBand, and 10 and 40GigE NIC solutions during the SIFMA conference at booth #1762 (June 22-24) and at the Red Hat Summit in the Red Hat Cloud Pavilion (June 22-25). Solutions highlighting the benefits of Red Hat Enterprise MRG and other financial applications will be showcased.

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions and an S&P 500 company, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 65 offices spanning the globe. CIOs ranked Red Hat as one of the top vendors delivering value in Enterprise Software for six consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value survey. Red Hat provides high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with virtualization, applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage that optimize data center performance. Mellanox products deliver market-leading bandwidth, performance, scalability, power conservation and cost-effectiveness while converging multiple legacy network technologies into one future-proof solution. For the best in performance and scalability, Mellanox is the choice for Fortune 500 data centers and the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam, Israel. For more information, visit Mellanox at www.mellanox.com.

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