March 13, 2008 -- Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a supplier of semiconductor-based server and storage interconnect products, announced its membership in The Green Grid, a global non-profit consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems.
"By taking advantage of how our interconnect products optimize multi-core server and storage power and performance, enterprises can optimize the number of servers needed for data center applications," comments Thad Omura, vice president of product marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "Our membership in The Green Grid demonstrates our continued commitment to energy efficiency in enterprise data centers worldwide."
The Green Grid maintains that, in data centers today, multi-core servers are the fastest growing consumer of power, with energy costs well exceeding the server purchase cost. Network intensive applications running on the CPU and memory subsystems can quickly be bottlenecked by inadequate I/O resources, resulting in idle CPU and memory cycles wasting dollars and power.
"High power consumption is a significant pain point for ever-expanding data centers," continues Omura. "The industry has seen many recent innovations in the areas of cooler CPUs, server virtualization, and blade servers. With power consumption as low as 3.5W per 20Gbit/sec port, Mellanox's adapters have the ability to consolidate networking, storage and clustering I/O to complements those trends."
The Green Grid says that Mellanox's interconnect products, based on InfiniBand and Ethernet technologies, play a key role in energy reduction in servers, storage and virtualized environments by reducing CPU processing overhead, and providing the ability to carry all data center traffic types over a single, low power adapter as opposed to multiple adapters with a number of network infrastructure systems.