Mellanox Virtual Modular Switch™ (VMS) is such a fabric, comprised of Mellanox 10, 40, and 56GbE fixed switches. It provides an optimized approach for aggregating racks. The VMS excels in its flexibility, power savings and performance. Based on Mellanox switches, the VMS leverages the unique advantages of the SwitchX-2, the highest performing 36-port 40GbE switching IC.
This is what we provide with the VMS Wizard – an automation environment that was already used successfully by our customers in real-life installations. The concept is simple – provision the fabric with a centralized application, an application that knows how the switches interconnect and how they should operate in the data center, and essentially make them appear as one switching unit.
It starts with “paper design”, prior to installing the switches. Once the fabric size is defined and the types of switches in the fabric are selected, you are a few mouse clicks from having all the required files and data to configure the fabric – how to connect the switches and how to configure them. Then, after the switches are installed and connected, the wizard verifies the correctness of the connectivity and applies the configuration to the switches – usually by using the Puppet agent, or another management interface of choice. While doing that, our VMS Wizard can detect network issues – broken links, malfunctioning equipment etc.
Sources and Manuals can be found in here:http://www.mellanox.com/downloads/solutions/vms/