Networks Unlimited introduces entire Mellanox Ethernet Switch System family to Africa; supports speeds of 10/25/40/50/56/100GbE

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Networks Unlimited, an African value-added distributor of converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology solutions, has announced the availability of the entire Mellanox Ethernet Switch System family.

From SwitchX to Spectrum, the Mellanox family of Open Ethernet switches provides the most efficient network solution for the ever-increasing performance demands of data centre applications.

Accompanied by Mellanox’s Unified Fabric Manager (UFM), as well as the world’s fastest network interface cards, interconnect modules and cables, Mellanox provides a complete end-to-end Ethernet solution that scales to perform at the highest level.

The Open Ethernet family includes a broad portfolio of 1RU-sized switches, ranging from 12 ports through 64 ports and with speeds from 1Gb/s to 100Gb/s, allowing the construction of purpose-built data centres at any scale with any desired blocking ratio. This enables network and data centre managers to design and implement cost-effective switch fabrics using the “pay as you grow” principle, in which the fabric can be composed of a few servers in the beginning, and grow gradually into hundreds of thousands of servers.

Incorporating SDN attributes, the Mellanox Ethernet solution provides the data centre administrator with tools that provide a clean, simple and flexible view, and orchestration capabilities for the infrastructure. The result is an easily accessible framework that delivers the data centre applications with utmost elasticity.

With its distinctive design principles and uncompromised quality, Mellanox’s third generation of Ethernet data centre switch integrated circuits draws a new benchmark line for industry performance. These switch products feature the market’s lowest latency with the most efficient cut-through technology, optimised for big data and high performance computing applications, running from 10GbE all the way up to 100GbE. Regardless of the network load or traffic patterns, these switch products handle all incoming data with the lowest latency and transfer the data to the destinations without dropping a single packet.

“An additional valuable feature of Mellanox switch devices and systems, most welcome in the African region, is their industry lowest power consumption,” notes Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited.

The unique ASIC design of these Mellanox switch devices smartly manages the consumption of power such that running at higher speed at maximum performance 100 percent of the time does not translate into a linear increase in power. Switch fabrics using Mellanox devices enjoy the world’s lowest power consumption per Gb/s of bandwidth at any line rate and at any network scale, providing the most cost-effective solution for any and all use cases.

Of further benefit is that Mellanox’s Open Ethernet portfolio includes systems running with PPC CPUs as well as x86 CPUs, which also allow for the installation of a virtual machine on the switch that can be supplied with a variety of software packages – whether it is a complete solution running the MLNX-OS operating system and a protocol stack, all the way down to a bare metal system that allows the implementation of third-party software over the Open SDK API or the SAI interface of the switch silicon device.

“Mellanox has managed to design switches that offer both easy deployment and maintenance. Users are assured of unprecedented performance, allowing their storage and server applications to run faster – it’s no wonder they are being adopted rapidly by organisations worldwide,” adds Jacobsz.


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