At VMworld, Mellanox launches ultra-dense top-of-rack 10GbE switch for streamlined data center infrastructure

Switch is aimed at customers seeking to reduce data center bandwidth bottlenecks, along with space and energy demands.

At this week's VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) launched its SX1016, a low-latency 64-port 10GbE switch housed in a sleek, top-of-rack 1U form factor.

“Today’s data centers need a dense networking infrastructure that provides faster, more efficient connectivity of the server and storage infrastructure,” said John Monson, vice president of product marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “Mellanox’s SX1016 10GbE switch helps meet this demand with a combination of performance, infrastructure optimization and ease-of-use that maximizes the end-user’s return-on-investment.”

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Based on the company’s SwitchX switch silicon ICs, the SX1016 is billed as being able "deliver up to 1.28Tb/s of switching bandwidth, coupled with extreme port density and remarkably low 1.8W per port power consumption." The switch is aimed at customers who are seeking to reduce data center bandwidth bottlenecks, along with space and energy demands.

Designed with future expansions of data center infrastructures in mind, the company adds that the SX1016 is future-proofed with features such as Data Center Bridging and management support of IPv6 today, with the ability to extend L2 and L3 features through future software upgrades. Further, the SX1016 supports reversed airflow, adding flexibility for data centers with different thermal designs, and consists of redundant fans and PSUs for higher availability. Additionally, the SX1016 is equipped with enhanced chassis management capabilities supporting Web UI, industry-standard CLI, and is supported by Mellanox Unified Fabric Manager (UFM), which provides extensive end-to-end fabric orchestration and monitoring capabilities for virtualizing and scaling out data centers.

According to Crehan Research, the high-speed Data Center Ethernet Switch market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28 percent, from over $3 billion in 2010 to more than $12 billion in 2015.

Press Release:Mellanox Introduces World’s Highest-Density 64-Port L2/L3 10GbE Switch (

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