The BX4000 is the first Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) gateway allowing data centers to deploy I/O consolidation solutions using InfiniBand or Ethernet as the convergence fabric of choice. Networks have increased in size and managing a growing multi-infrastructure has become a daunting task. With the introduction of the BX4000 virtualization systems, enterprises can get rid of this complexity while improving performance, enable flexibility and save energy and cooling costs.
BX4000 enables data centers to operate in high-performance 40 Gb/s network speed on the hosts and connects lower speed Gigabit and 10GigE networks and Fiber Channel SAN networks. BX4000 connects to existing SAN and LAN and at the same time, providing I/O consolidation.
The BX4000 draws on Mellanox's vision to deliver seamless protocol agility to adapt to a dynamic and ever-changing data center infrastructure. The BX4000 provides the highest levels of flexibility by allowing port groups to be configured and dynamically change as 10GigE or as Fiber Channel. When the BX4000's uplink ports are configured as 10GigE (CX4) then the system operates as Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) to Fiber Channel gateway. This agility offered by the BX4000 provides the levels of flexibility and provisioning of data center resources.
In a unified I/O solution, various performance capabilities are required because each network has unique characteristics and metrics. For server to server interconnection, a low-latency fabric is critical; for storage traffic a lossless fabric with high IOPS (I/O per second) capability is important; and for a regular network, higher bandwidth is required.
The BX4000 delivers cost-savings by integrating three networks on a single wire. Consolidating multiple networks on a single wire, not only delivers CAPEX savings by having one adapter instead of three in a server and having a single switch instead of three, but also on OPEX savings. OPEX savings are provided by reducing cabling complexity, delivering a single consistent management and ease of use.
- I/O consolidation on 40 Gb/s InfiniBand or on 10GigE
- Removes cabling complexity and consolidates I/O
- Reduces power and cooling costs
- Virtualized Ethernet and Fiber Channel host ports
- 40 Gb/s LAN and SAN connections
- QoS provides granular bandwidth allocation
- Simplified - local or remote management