Huawei launches Mellanox-based InfiniBand 100G switch solution

Created June 22, 2016
Technologies and Products

Huawei announced that it launched Mellanox InfiniBand EDR 100 Gbps switch solution based on the Huawei FusionServer E9000 converged architecture blade server at International Supercomputing Conference, held in Frankfurt, Germany, in mid-June. The E9000 is one of the world’s first blade servers to support InfiniBand EDR 100 Gbps networks.

Mellanox is a leading, high-speed, network-solutions provider to global data centres. It provides end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions for servers worldwide. Mellanox’s high-speed network solutions dramatically increase data centre efficiency and speed up data delivery between applications and systems, improving system availability.

Huawei believes high-speed networks are the driving force for moving data centres to the cloud to meet ever-increasing cloud computing and big data requirements. The new EDR InfiniBand switch targets high-performance computing, cloud data centres, and real-time financial transaction applications. It is ideal for high bandwidth and low latency applications because it supports up to 100 Gbps bandwidth and 90 ns latency. Featuring virtual protocol interconnect and remote direct memory access, the solution can dramatically improve data centre network performance, and reduce TCO and infrastructure complexity.

Zhang Xiaohua, General Manager of Huawei Blade Servers, said, “Mellanox is one of our important partners. This launch of the InfiniBand EDR 100 Gbps switch solution based on Huawei E9000 blade servers will bring customers higher network performance and dramatically improve the performance and efficiency of network-sensitive applications. With years of continuous innovation, Huawei E9000 blade servers will continue to provide superior performance and reliability and offer more diversified and competitive network solutions for customers.”

Liu Tong, Senior Director of Mellanox Asia-Pacific and China Markets, said, “Mellanox has been continuously providing efficient and intelligent network interconnect solutions for data centres, while Huawei keeps improving its overall data centre solutions through unrelenting innovation. We believe Huawei E9000 blade servers and Mellanox 100 Gbps networks are a perfect match for building highly-efficient data centres.”

Huawei E9000 integrates computing, storage, and networking and is ideal for customers to improve operation efficiency and maximize data processing capabilities. E9000’s latest unique feature of all-flash memory blades together with the high bandwidth and low latency features of InfiniBand EDR 100 Gbps networks can achieve a single-blade throughput of 10 million IOPS, fully realizing the huge potential of high-performance database and HPC services.

Gartner’s statistics show that, as of Q1 2016, Huawei blade server shipments ranked top 3 in the world for 10 consecutive quarters. The servers are now in use at more than 5,000 customer locations in different industries including government, public sector, telecom, energy, finance, transportation, healthcare, education, media and entertainment, and manufacturing.