Mellanox Introduces ConnectX-3 10/40GbE Adapters with Multiple Physical Functions for VMware ESXi 5.0

New Functionality Delivers Dramatic Improvement in Virtualized Data Center Efficiency

VMworld 2011, Las Vegas, NV. – August  29, 2011 – Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX; TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that it has added Multiple Physical Function (MPF) capabilities to its ConnectX®-3 10/40GbE adapters for VMware ESXi™ 5.0. This advanced capability further extends the value of ConnectX-3 in virtualized data centers and enables customers to achieve higher efficiency by running more jobs per second over their existing infrastructure. 

MPF allows each port of the ConnectX-3 10/40GbE adapter to present itself as multiple, individual physical NICs and to assign different bandwidth and priority to each physical NIC for different traffic types or functionality such as management, storage, VMotion, networking, etc. With up to 4 virtual NICs per port, MPF delivers flexible allocation of bandwidth and eliminates the need to dedicate a real NIC for each traffic type. This capability reduces space, power and overall complexity by up to 4X, while maintaining a simplified management model and overall data center reliability.

“With cloud computing architectures emerging as the application delivery model for both large and small IT organizations, cloud data centers must adopt technologies that are opti­mized for performance, efficiency, scalability and quality-of -service,” said John Monson, vice president of product marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “Deploying Mellanox ConnectX-3 10/40GbE adapters with Multiple Physical Functions in virtualized data centers removes I/O bottlenecks, increases flexibility and ease-of-use, maximizes the number of VMs per server and improves the cost-efficiency of the cloud infrastructure.”

Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 10 and 40GbE adapter cards deliver best in class throughput and latency to boost application performance, efficiency and scalability while maintaining extremely low system power consumption. ConnectX-3 accelerates applications with support of low latency TCP, messaging acceleration and hardware-based RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet), delivering efficient transport over Layer 2 Ethernet with RDMA latencies less than 1.3us.

Solution Availability
ConnectX-3 EN 10/40GbE NIC with Multiple Physical Functions is currently available to selected customers for deployment and validation.  For more information visit

Visit Mellanox Technologies at VMworld Las Vegas 2011 (August 29-September 1, 2011)
Visit Mellanox Technologies at booth #1213 to see a live demonstration of the ConnectX-3 EN 40GbE NIC with Multiple Physical Functions, and the full suite of Mellanox’s end-to-end, high-performance 10/40GbE and FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand data center connectivity products.

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Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX, TASE: MLNX) is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet connectivity solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox products optimize data center performance and deliver industry-leading bandwidth, scalability, power conservation and cost-effectiveness while converging multiple legacy network technologies into one future-proof architecture. The company offers innovative solutions that address a wide range of markets including HPC, enterprise, mega warehouse data centers, cloud computing, Internet and Web 2.0.

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