Mellanox Showcases Support for Commodity Server-Based Virtual Storage Appliance at VMworld 2008

Mellanox ConnectX EN Delivers Virtualized and Consolidated I/O Backbone for Efficiently Clustering VMware ESX Servers to Deliver High-Performance and Cost-effective Virtual Storage Appliance Deployments

VMWORLD 2008, LAS VEGAS, NV. – September 15, 2008 – Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX; TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of semiconductor-based server and storage interconnect products, today announced that at VMworld 2008 it will be demonstrating a green data center solution composed of virtualized server and SAN using its leading ConnectX® EN 10GbE NIC adapter. The demonstration will include VMware Infrastructure 3 and the LeftHand Networks® Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA™) running on cost-effective and low power V Series Blade Servers from MDS Micro. ConnectX EN delivers wire-speed performance for VMware ESX through MDS Micro servers, enabling higher performing SAN appliances using commodity servers.

“When the priorities are cost control, environmental responsibility, higher utilization, and openness rather than proprietary technology, MDS Micro V Series Blade Servers with VMware ESX and LeftHand Networks VSA deliver a well-orchestrated solution that IT managers cannot afford to ignore,” said Wayne Augsburger, vice president of business development at Mellanox Technologies. “Mellanox ConnectX EN supports all features needed for the virtualized and unified data center fabric, and delivers the high-performance I/O fabric to connect and complement this value chain.”

“The Virtual SAN Appliance solution uses the I/O fabric to cluster together multiple VMware ESX hosts to transform existing server storage capacity into a virtual storage system,” said Raju Bopardikar, chief technology officer, LeftHand Networks. “The Mellanox demonstration showcases how ConnectX EN delivers the I/O features and performance required for clustering to enable the Virtual SAN Appliance to be on par with performance levels in proprietary and expensive SAN solutions, while significantly reducing cost and power consumption.”

“MDS Micro's leading family of V Series Blade Servers include cost-effective and high-performance Mellanox Connect EN 10GbE adapters as a ‘LAN on Motherboard’ (LOM) or mezzanine card,” said Karriem Adams, vice president of sales at MDS Micro. “Coupling that with VMware ESX and the LeftHand Networks VSA results in a holistic, end-to-end green data center solution of which we are very proud.”

“Mellanox has been an active and consistent participant in the VMware Community Source Program, IOVP and VMware ESX DDK programs, leading to interoperability of its I/O adapter products with the VMware platform,” said Shekar Ayyar, vice president of infrastructure alliances at VMware. “We are pleased to see Mellanox I/O solutions complementing VMware Infrastructure to make VMware software the ideal delivery platform for cost-effective virtual appliance solutions.”

ConnectX EN is a highly integrated Ethernet product incorporating many of the physical layer technologies to provide a cost-optimized and power-optimized solution. ConnectX EN supports not only virtualization acceleration features like NetQueue and SR-IOV but also supports some of the new I/O consolidation Ethernet features like Data Center Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

Visit Mellanox at VMworld 2008, Las Vegas, September 15-18, 2008
During exhibition hours, Mellanox (Booth #1139) will be demonstrating VMware ESX, MDS Micro V Series Blade Servers, and LeftHand Networks VSA as a combined green and cost-effective virtual data center solution.

About LeftHand Networks
Founded in 1999, LeftHand Networks pioneered IP-based storage area networks (SANs). SANs built using LeftHand’s SAN/iQ® software are uniquely able to distribute and protect data across a cluster of industry-standard storage servers. The company’s patented architecture increases data availability, allows users to start small and grow the SAN seamlessly, and simplifies management. The LeftHand SAN is ideal for storage and server consolidation, multi-site SANs, and disaster recovery. LeftHand SANs are available in the U.S., Canada and throughout Europe. For more information, contact LeftHand at

About MDS Micro
MDS Micro manufactures enterprise-class blade server solutions built specifically to address key bottleneck issues generally seen within virtualization intensive environments. MDS vSERIESTM servers offers industry-leading performance and computing density fully optimized for a wide array of mission-critical and compute-intensive virtualized environments. Please visit us at

About Mellanox
Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based, interconnect products to world-class server, storage, and infrastructure OEMs servicing Fortune 500 data centers, the world’s most powerful supercomputers, and mission critical embedded applications. The company’s Virtual Protocol Interconnect™ (VPI) enables standard communication protocols to operate over any converged network (InfiniBand, Ethernet, Data Center Ethernet) with the same software solution. Utilizing proven networking, clustering, storage, virtualization and RDMA acceleration engines, VPI optimizes application performance, power consumption, workload agility, and total system efficiency while future-proofing IT infrastructure.

Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and Yokneam, Israel. For more information, visit Mellanox at

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