Mobile World Congress – 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, and 6WIND, the gold standard for data plane processing in software defined networks, today announced a performance-optimized solution featuring the Mellanox ConnectX-3 Network Interface Controller (NIC) together with the 6WINDGate™ networking software. Combined with Mellanox’s SwitchX 40GbE switch, software, and cables, the complete solution enables Telecom Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) and operators to accelerate the deployment of virtualized and non-virtualized networks and software defined networking (SDN) on standard high-volume servers. Together, Mellanox and 6WIND are the first to provide a comprehensive end-to-end 40GbE interconnect solution for telecom data centers, delivering end users the highest bandwidth, performance and efficiency currently available in the market. “The explosion of data over networks has created the convergence opportunity in the telecom space, forcing operators to build more efficient, higher bandwidth capable solutions,” said Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development at Mellanox Technologies. “Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 40GbE NIC with 6WINDGate networking software and SwitchX based 40GbE switches provide Telecom operators with increased throughput and reduced CPU overhead in their deployments of application servers.” “Because it solves critical network performance challenges for mobile infrastructure, 6WIND’s software has been selected by multiple TEMs who provide equipment deployed in commercial LTE networks worldwide,” said Eric Carmès, CEO of 6WIND. “The addition of Mellanox ConnectX-3 support within 6WIND’s enhanced Intel® DPDK library as well as the 6WINDGate software, incorporating features such as SR-IOV and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), enables improved CAPEX and OPEX in service provider networks through the virtualization of network functions and more efficient SDN management.” “Network convergence represents a significant growth opportunity for telecom operators that need to improve performance by converging fixed, mobile and over-the-top (OTT) domains onto a single network,” said Werner Schaefer, general manager, OEM and Telecommunications, HP. “The new SX1018 HP Ethernet switch, built on the latest Mellanox technology, complements the HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosure with the industry’s first 1 40 gigabit downlink to each blade server to maximize operations in the telecom industry.” Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 is the leading NIC of choice for 40GbE server and embedded platforms. The Mellanox ConnectX-3 PMD, pre-integrated within 6WIND’s enhanced Intel® DPDK library as well as within the 6WINDGate software, will be available in the second quarter of 2013.