Mellanox at Mobile World Congress showcased the convergence in the Telecom Datacenter.


While traditionally Telecom Datacenters addressed IT Server Applications and Storage the convergence in the Telecom space initiated by the leading Telecom operators, Server and Storage vendors and Telecom Application providers and integrators aim to enable addressing the explosion of data in mobile and fixed networks by Virtualization of both Control and Data plane Network Functions (NFV) managed by Software Defined Networks (SDN).

 

Mellanox presented its datacenter interconnect 10/40/56Gb VPI: Ethernet and InfiniBand Datacenter interconnect consist of Server and Storage NIC ICs and Adapters, Switch ICs and Products, Cables and Optical modules and its Acceleration and Management Software.


Mellanox the leader in server and storage interconnect enable the NFV initiative to materialize by providing the leading Server and Storage the10/40GbE bandwidth they need, the Application vendors with the hardware/software features they need and integrators with SDN interfaces.

 

Throughout the event Mellanox made breakthrough technology and solutions announcements and demonstrations at the Mellanox booth.


Mellanox and 6WIND announced 40 Gigabit Ethernet Packet Processing Solution for Telecom Data Centers, a performance-optimized solution featuring the Mellanox ConnectX-3 Network Interface Controller (NIC) together with the 6WINDGate™ networking software. Combined with Mellanox’s SwitchX 40GbE switch, software, and cables, the complete solution enables Telecom Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) and operators to accelerate the deployment of virtualized and non-virtualized networks and software defined networking (SDN) on standard high-volume servers.  Together, Mellanox and 6WIND are the first to provide a comprehensive end-to-end 40GbE interconnect solution for telecom data centers, delivering end users the highest bandwidth, performance and efficiency currently available in the market.

 

“Because it solves critical network performance challenges for mobile infrastructure, 6WIND’s software has been selected by multiple TEMs who provide equipment deployed in commercial LTE networks worldwide,” said Eric Carmès, CEO of 6WIND. “The addition of Mellanox ConnectX-3 support within 6WIND’s enhanced Intel® DPDK library as well as the 6WINDGate software, incorporating features such as SR-IOV and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), enables improved CAPEX and OPEX in service provider networks through the virtualization of network functions and more efficient SDN management.”

 

Werner Schaefer, general manager, OEM and Telecommunications, HP provided his comment in the announcement “Network convergence represents a significant growth opportunity for telecom operators that need to improve performance by converging fixed, mobile and over-the-top (OTT) domains onto a single network. The new SX1018 HP Ethernet switch, built on the latest Mellanox technology, complements the HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosure with the industry’s first 40 gigabit downlink to each blade server to maximize operations in the telecom industry.”

 

Mellanox also blogged on joining the Network Intelligence Alliance, an industry organization created for collaboration among the Network Economy’s technology providers. Mellanox’s low-latency, CPU efficient 10/40GbE NICs and switches, customers can deploy an embedded virtual switch (eSwitch) to run virtual machine traffic with bare-metal performance, provide hardened security and QoS, all with simpler management through Software Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow APIs. The hardware-based security and isolation features in our 10/40GbE solutions can enable wider adoption of multi-tenant clouds while maintaining user service level agreements (SLA). In addition, utilizing SR-IOV to bypass the Hypervisor, customers will gain more VMs when virtualizing Network Functions on their cloud and data center server and storage infrastructure deployments.

 

At the application layer, Mellanox and Radware®, a leading provider of application delivery and application security solutions for virtual and cloud data centers combine Technology to Enable Mobile Carriers To Leverage Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). The companies demonstrated an integration of Radware’s Application Delivery and Attack Mitigation Security solutions with Mellanox ConnectX®-3 10G and 40G Network Interface Cards (NIC).

 

The demonstration illustrated an innovative ability to extract network and application information from Mellanox solution that can be translated and leveraged to a scalable solution for detection of various security threats, in real-time. This unique solution not only permits a more resilient mobile network while enabling the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) initiative, but it also allows a cost-effective, better-utilized mobile operation by eliminating high CPU overhead and performance hit associated with vSwitches. In
addition embedded switching and SR-IOV technology results in accelerated performance and improved security, isolation, and scalability.

 

By using an OpenFlow interface to manage the embedded virtual switch, operators can now monitor and control traffic in real time, and through a standard control interface.  Enabling to deploy end to end Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions, the unique solution provides mobile carriers with highly secured, resilient mobile service operation and cost-effective mobile cloud services.

 

“Our ADC and Security are field-proven products that are already deployed in various virtualization environments. By integrating Mellanox’s industry-leading and high-bandwidth solution offers mobile carriers to drive their NFV and SDN initiatives,” says Avi Chesla, chief technology officer, Radware.

 

“Mellanox is a leading 10/40GbE server, storage and embedded communications interconnect provider and a key contributor to SDN and NFV forums,” said Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development at Mellanox Technologies. “By integrating solutions with Radware, we can provide mobile carriers with clear business benefits and unique value at the application-level through the integration with a NFV-based infrastructure.”

 

Radware and Mellanox’s offering to mobile carriers was designed to employ the virtues of both NFV and SDN, enabling easy adoption of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server infrastructure serving both the network level and application level needs, respectively. Furthermore, it can also enable different mobile carrier and mobile cloud use-cases including elastic application delivery, mobile security, and more.