Mellanox Collaborates With DataON To Provide Cluster-in-a-Box Storage Appliance

TechEd North America 2014 – Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that its ConnectX®-3 10/40Gb RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand Network Interface Cards (NICs) power DataON™ Storage Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) appliances. The Mellanox-DataON collaboration provides Microsoft customers with improved I/O, hot-tiered data storage performance, higher efficiency with ultra-low latency and with dramatic CapEx and OpEx savings. The joint solution will be demonstrated live May 12-15, in the DataON Storage booth (#1727) at the Microsoft TechEd North America 2014 Conference, George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.

“DataON Storage introduced us to the low-latency, high throughput technology from Mellanox,” said Rechi Relatores, system architect, Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. “By combining the Microsoft certified solution from DataON Storage and the ConnectX-3 network adapters, we’re able to achieve a scalable solution with exceptional efficiency and storage density.”

DataON’s Windows Server 2012 R2 certified Cluster-in-a-Box storage system provides scalable shared tiered storage capacity, lower power and ease of deployment in a low TCO, resilient footprint. When coupled with Mellanox RDMA- (Remote Direct Memory Access) enabled I/O adapters, the CiB appliance enables small- and mid-size businesses to maximize ROI by consolidating hardware costs, simplifying deployments and providing ideal resiliency, while at the same time delivering economical scalable storage with industry-leading networking performance and resource efficiency.

“Windows Server 2012 R2 includes groundbreaking networking functionality, called SMB Direct, which supports the use of network adapters that have RDMA-capability,” said Jose Barreto, principal PM manager, cloud and enterprise, at Microsoft. “The collaboration between DataON Storage and Mellanox has potential to deliver impressive end-to-end storage and networking performance improvements.”

The Mellanox-supported DataON CiB appliance utilizes the server failover and resiliency features of Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces to achieve high availability (HA) dual-node clustering with shared storage capacity. Currently shipping in two variants, the CiB-9220 12-bay 2U is purpose-built for Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) deployments and the massively dense CiB-9470 with up to 420TB capacity in a 4U enclosure, requiring 75 percent less rack space than legacy storage. With a power savings of more than 30 percent, the solution delivers IT datacenter administrators a cost-effective private cloud appliance solution.

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