Mellanox CloudX Solution

  09/10/2015

Mellanox CloudXTM

Mellanox CloudX™ is a group of reference architectures that allows companies to build the most efficient, high performance and scalable clouds based on Mellanox's superior interconnect and off-the-shelf building blocks (servers, storage, interconnect, and software). 

It incorporates virtualization with high-bandwidth and low-latency interconnect solutions while significantly reducing data center costs, providing the fastest data transfer and most effective hardware utilization.

CloudX Benefits

Building an enterprise ready cloud is a complex task and requires appropriate sizing and integration of hardware and software to optimize usability, scalability, performance and cost efficiency. For this reason many attempts to shift to modern cloud architectures fail. The CloudX platform incorporates virtualized compute, scale-out storage, with high-bandwidth and low-latency interconnect. This integration not only significantly reduces the risk of deployment but also maximizes ROI and lowers TCO.

Key Benefits of Integration

Accelerate Your Journey to Cloud: 
Building a cloud is a complex task and many businesses fall short on their goals. Meet your business goals with lower CapEx and OpEx using a pre-validated, optimized, predictable and scalable turn-key infrastructure for enterprise-grade applications. 

Eliminate Tedious IT management: 
Providing seamless integration with leading private cloud orchestration, hypervisor, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and Software-Defined Storage (SDS), the CloudX reference architecture allows setting up and managing your cloud simply and quickly, with zero downtime. 

High Performance Reference Architecture: 
Powered by Mellanox Efficient Virtual Network (EVN), it provides overlay network virtualization offload, application acceleration using RDMA, and complete End-to-End Ethernet and Infiniband networking for 10/25/40/50/56/100Gb/s. Mellanox EVN delivers highest performance, most cost-effective private cloud for your organization. The CloudX reference architecture enables bare metal performance while maintaining agility of cloud networking provided by SDN technologies from VMware, Nuage, Midokura, and Plumgrid over multiple encapsulation schemes like VxLAN, NVGRE and GENEVE. 

Scale-Out to Infinity: 
Horizontally scale-out your cloud quickly and easily based on your business needs with predictable performance. The CloudX reference design allows unlimited scalability with scale-out storage solutions like VSAN, ScaleIO, CEPH and Storage Spaces Direct. 

Your Choice of Cloud: 
Built for leading cloud orchestration platforms – VMware vCloud, Microsoft Windows Azure Pack and OpenStack, choose the private cloud blue-print based on your business needs. 

Choose Your Preferred Brand: 
CloudX reference architecture is delivered as a complete solution with hardware, software and support through Mellanox qualified partners.

 

Reference Designs

CloudX reference design is a recipe, based on Mellanox OpenCloud™ architecture, for building an efficient cloud platform using off-the-shelf building blocks: servers, storage, interconnect and cloud management software to form flexible and cost-effective private and public clouds. CloudX supports all major cloud orchestration platforms including VMware vCloud, Microsoft Web Azure Pack and OpenStack. Teamed with industry leading server and storage systems, CloudX enables a truly world class cloud platform.

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VMware vCloud Suite is an integrated offering for building and managing VMware vSphere-based private cloud that can dramatically improve efficiency, agility and control for IT organization. Mellanox CloudX™ is a group of reference architectures that allows companies to build the most efficient, high performance and scalable clouds based on Mellanox's superior interconnect and off-the-shelf building blocks (servers, storage, interconnect, and software). CloudX for VMware vCloud reference architecture is the key to unlock VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center and unleash the true efficiency and performance of a cloud. It provides standard configuration that scales from entry-level designs for hundreds of users up to large, high-performance workload for thousands of users. The CloudX for VMware vCloud improves classical deployment of vCloud with offload, acceleration and virtualization features to enhance vCloud efficiency with advanced, scale-out storage technologies.

Solution Components:

  • VMware certified server platforms
  • VMware certified storage platforms compatible with VSAN or ScaleIO
  • Mellanox ConnectX series adapter
  • Mellanox SwitchX products with 40GbE support
  • VMware ESXi
  • VMware vCloud Network and Security
  • VMware vCloud Director

Features:

  • Easy Cloud Deployment: Achieve easier deployment of an enterprise- ready cloud with limited expertise and time
  • Application Acceleration: Unleash the power of RDMA by deploying 2.5x more VDI per server, accelerating VM migration by 40% and increasing storage throughput by 10x
  • SDN Acceleration: Unlock the true power of SDN’s agility using ConnectX-3 Pro VxLAN that is 30% faster than others
  • Faster Disaster Recovery: Live migrate the virtual machines using RDMA without affecting your application’s performance

 

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Microsoft Windows Azure Pack brings Windows Azure technologies to private cloud integrating Windows Server, System Center and SQL Server to offer a self-service portal and cloud services. Mellanox CloudX™ is a group of reference architectures that allows companies to build the most efficient, high performance and scalable clouds based on Mellanox's superior interconnect and off-the-shelf building blocks (servers, storage, interconnect, and software). CloudX for Windows Azure Pack enables Microsoft's vision for Cloud OS by integrating it with Windows Azure public cloud, a hybrid cloud solution that helps enterprise transform their current infrastructure to deliver agility and cost effectiveness. With advanced offloads, acceleration, virtualization, and advanced scale-out storage features, this reference architecture provides the most efficient, multi-tenant cloud that is built on top of Windows Azure Pack using off-the-shelf hardware. Building on a familiar foundation of Windows Server and System Center, this CloudX platform offers a flexible and familiar solution that your business can take advantage of, to deliver business agility through self-provisioning and automation of resource orchestration and infrastructure management.

Solution Components:

  • Microsoft Certified Server platforms
  • Microsoft Certified Storage platforms compatible with Storage Spaces Direct
  • Mellanox ConnectX series adapter
  • Mellanox SwitchX product with 40/56GbE Support
  • Microsoft Windows Azure Pack

Features:

  • Application Acceleration: Unlock the true power of your cloud by utilizing CPU efficiently with advanced offloads like RDMA and NVGRE with speed up to 100GbE
  • Storage Acceleration: Get the best of Storage Spaces Direct with RDMA by reducing SQL query response by 50% or data backup by 2x times faster. (See how Microsoft accelerates storage on Azure Cloud)
  • Faster Disaster Recovery: Live migrate the virtual machines using RDMA without affecting your application’s performance
  • Hybrid Cloud : Get the best of both worlds, by easily extending CloudX Microsoft private cloud to external resources run on Azure public cloud for your application

 

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OpenStack is an open-source cloud operating system for building a highly scalable cloud. OpenStack delivers a flexible and extensible cloud orchestration platform, accompanied by the benefits of open source support from leading organizations. Mellanox CloudX™ is a group of reference architectures that allows companies to build the most efficient, high performance and scalable clouds based on Mellanox's superior interconnect and off-the-shelf building blocks (servers, storage, interconnect, and software). CloudX for OpenStack offers seamless integration between its components and OpenStack layers and provides unique functionalities that includes application and storage acceleration. With state-of-the-art offloads, it not only provides an open and flexible cloud, but also meets the security, reliability and performance demanded by enterprise-grade customers. Whether it’s the open source or leading enterprise distributions like Mirantis Fuel and RedHat OpenStack, this pre-configured reference platform allows a customer to deploy a production-ready cloud confidently.

Solution Components:

  • OpenStack distribution certified Server platforms
  • OpenStack distribution certified with Storage platforms for CEPH, SAN or ScaleIO
  • Mellanox ConnectX series adapter
  • Mellanox SwitchX product with 40/56GbE Support
  • OpenStack Distributions : Mirantis Fuel, RedHat OpenStack

Features:

  • Faster Deployment: Deploy a production-ready cloud in minutes with your choice of OpenStack distribution
  • Open Source yet Enterprise-class: Get the advantage of open source world without worrying about technical support
  • Application Acceleration: Get the best performance on any hypervisors (KVM, ESXi or HyperV ) with advanced offloads like RDMA, VxLAN, NVGRE & GENEVE
  • Storage Acceleration: Get the best of OpenStack Cinder, Swift and Manila whether using Software-Defined-Solution like CEPH, GlusterFS and ScaleIO or traditional SAN