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PLUMgrid IO Visor and Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro Integration Delivers Industry-Leading, High Throughput Virtual Network Infrastructure for Public and Private Clouds
|By Business Wire
|May 12, 2014 07:03 AM EDT
OpenStack Summit – PLUMgrid,
the leader in Virtual Network Infrastructure (VNI) for public and
private clouds, and Mellanox®
Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of
high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center
services and storage systems, today announced performance benchmarking
results from the PLUMgrid IO Visor™ and Mellanox ConnectX®-3 Pro
integration. The combined solution delivers an industry-leading traffic
processing rate of 40 Gbps per server.
The benchmarking results show that the PLUMgrid IO Visor and Mellanox
ConnectX-3 Pro integration resolves the longstanding performance and CPU
utilization bottlenecks in cloud overlay networks. The tests
demonstrated the ability to scale PLUMgrid’s Virtual Domains™ and their
distributed network functions on top of a VXLAN-based overlay with the
hardware assist capabilities of Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro. The combined
solution provides the advanced networking features, performance,
scalability and flexibility needed for today’s private and public clouds.
“PLUMgrid and Mellanox teamed up to deliver the fastest cloud networking
solution to enable customers to build rich, fast, efficient and scalable
OpenStack solutions,” said Pere Monclus, Co-Founder and CTO, PLUMgrid.
“It is the architecture of choice, combining rich, scalable on-demand
multi-tenant network services from PLUMgrid with powerful hardware
acceleration from Mellanox. The result is the lowest CPU utilization and
highest throughput in the industry for large-scale public and private
The PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite is a secure virtual networking
product for large-scale OpenStack clouds. Built using PLUMgrid
Platform and IO Visor technology, it provides a simple-to-deploy and
easy-to-use solution to build cloud infrastructure at scale to offer
secure, multi-tenant network services to OpenStack cloud users. Based on
a highly automated workflow, the PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite
enables applications and users to deploy private Virtual Domains in
seconds without changing the physical network fabric.
Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro is the industry’s first network adapter IC and
card with hardware offload engines that support virtualized overlay
networks commonly used in cloud infrastructures. Featuring hardware
offload support for VXLAN and NVGRE, ConnectX-3 Pro enables cloud
providers to build large-scale infrastructures with industry-leading
performance and dramatically lower CPU overhead, thus reducing cloud
application cost and increasing cloud ROI.
“A key benefit of overlay networks is the potential to improve
efficiency and reduce the cost to deploy and manage virtual machines,”
said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox
Technologies. “However, careful consideration of hardware and software
virtualization infrastructure is required to realize this potential,
without adversely affecting application performance. The combination of
Mellanox’s overlay network offload engines on the ConnectX-3 Pro card
and PLUMgrid IO Visor allows IT organizations to rapidly deploy public
and private clouds at scale, while delivering four times the throughput
with virtually no impact to CPU utilization.”
For more information on the performance benchmark and test environment
for the combined PLUMgrid IO Visor and Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro solution,
download the whitepaper, “A High-Performance Virtual Network
Infrastructure with PLUMgrid IO Visor and Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro,” here.
To preview and discuss the benchmarking results, visit PLUMgrid (Booth #
E11) and Mellanox (Booth # E20) May 12-14 at the OpenStack Summit in
Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and
Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage.
Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by
providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data
faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability.
Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters,
switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application
runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets
including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0,
cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.
PLUMgrid provides secure virtual network infrastructure for private and
public clouds. The PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite, featuring the
unique Virtual Domains™, is a distributed software suite that gives
cloud operators the ability to build a scalable cloud infrastructure and
offer secure, multi-tenant, advanced network services to applications
and users. Founded in 2011, PLUMgrid is headquartered in Sunnyvale,
Calif., and is funded by top-tier venture and strategic investors. For
more information on PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite, the PLUMgrid
Platform, Virtual Domains and IO Visor™ visit www.plumgrid.com,
and follow us on Twitter @PLUMgrid.
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