"Storage Area Networks have delivered on the availability and stability needed for the most demanding of workloads. There are no architectural limitations to Ethernet-based storage networks, which now surpass the price, performance, and flexibility of Fibre Channel offerings," said Stu Miniman, Senior Analyst at Wikibon. "Around 80 percent of the capacity and all the data growth are in non-block architectures, including file, object, cloud, big data, machine learning, and hyperconverged infrastructure. Mellanox's high performance Ethernet Storage Fabric solutions support block, file, and object storage, allowing customers to deploy a standards-based Ethernet network capable of handling compute and storage traffic, from the newest NVMe over Fabrics arrays, to iSCSI storage, and deep archives.""The rise of a converged Ethernet Storage Fabric is inevitable, due to the tremendous growth in data and new information-driven workloads, and more simply because there is no Fibre Channel in the cloud," said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. "Shipments of high-speed Ethernet ports continue to grow at a nearly 20 percent annually, while Fibre Channel ports decline year after year. Enterprises and storage vendors like HPE are embracing converged and hyperconverged Ethernet as a faster, more flexible, and more economical way to network storage. Our Ethernet Storage Fabric is optimized for efficient data access, delivers unmatched storage intelligence, and provides three times the performance at one third the price of Fibre Channel offerings." "We are pleased to see HPE's new family of Ethernet switches hit the market," said Christopher Moon, CTO, Summit Partners. "This new solution for Ethernet-based storage networks combines the benefits of HPE and Mellanox, and will allow us to build a network capable of handling demanding compute and storage traffic for all types of storage architectures and protocols. We now have the best possible combination of price, performance and flexibility to network HPE Storage, hyperconverged, and Big Data solutions."
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