SwitchX provides more than 4Tb/s of non-blocking switching throughput and allows new levels of protocol flexibility, simplicity and reliability to eliminate networking bottlenecks in modern data centres for server-to-server, server-to-storage or storage-to-storage connectivity. SwitchX delivers next-generation service-oriented switch capabilities and enables convergence of LAN (Local Area Network), SAN (Storage Area Network) and IPC (Inter Processor Communications) service architectures. It allows flexible partitioning of the network into multiple management domains to support multi-tenancy and the delivery of an extensive array of network services over a common infrastructure.
Combined with Mellanox's ConnectX family of VPI adapters, SwitchX provides an efficient end-to-end interconnect solution that delivers superior application performance. Data centre costs are reduced through efficiency, flexible network repurposing and I/O consolidation. The combination of application performance and infrastructure optimization maximizes return-on-investment in multiple markets including high-performance computing, financial services, database, Web 2.0, virtualized data centers, Internet and the Cloud.
According to Crehan Research, the combined InfiniBand, 10 and 40 Gigabit Data Center Ethernet Switch market is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28 percent, from approximately $4 billion in 2010 to over $13 billion in 2015.
"This is a market that is already experiencing rapid expansion and opportunity", stated Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "Switches that can offer multiple data centre protocols and application flexibility on high bandwidth, low latency, energy efficient platforms are likely to do best from this expansion."
"The new class of data centers requires lossless, high density, low power switching capabilities that removes bottlenecks, supports convergence and maximizes efficiency for the best return-on-investment", stated Eyal Waldman, chairman, president, and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. "SwitchX delivers on these requirements with best-in-class features and performance over both InfiniBand and Ethernet protocols for maximum flexibility. We are proud to provide the industrys first 56Gb/s FDR InfiniBand and the highest density Ethernet switch, both in the same IC with SwitchX."
SwitchX is an ideal choice for OEMs that must address end-user requirements for faster and more robust applications, and for data centres and Cloud computing environments that need to adapt their infrastructure to accommodate a variety of applications. SwitchX's reduced power, footprint and fully integrated PHY capabilities provide network architects critical feature-sets to enable fabric-flexible server and storage systems to meet the increasing performance demands of their customers.
SwitchX leverages TSMC's 40nm process technology to deliver an unprecedented level of performance, integration and convergence capabilities: