Taneja Group | InfiniBand
Join Newsletter
Forgot
password?
Register
Trusted Business Advisors, Expert Technology Analysts

Items Tagged: InfiniBand

Profiles/Reports

Voltaire Announces iSCSI on Steroids - Product Profile

InfiniBand is becoming the unquestioned interconnect for high performance computing and clustered databases. It will be used extensively in the datacenters of tomorrow. To complete the picture, InfiniBand needs connectivity to shared storage. While several protocols are viable for carrying block storage traffic over the InfiniBand fabric, Voltaire’s choice of iSCSI RDMA has very interesting implications.

 

Publish date: 06/02/03
Profiles/Reports

The Power of InfiniBand and Clustered Storage - Technology Brief

It is official: InfiniBand (IB) is on the rise in the corporate data center. Once restricted to exotic supercomputing deployments, we now see IB making a solid push into enterprise computing environments across a broad range of industry verticals. While still in its early stages of adoption, enterprise IB is already delivering powerful results in the realm of enterprise clustered storage.

 

Publish date: 12/01/05
Profiles/Reports

Voltaire Adds 10G

In the 2nd quarter of 2007, Voltaire plans to add 10GbE capabilities to its director-class Grid Director, making Grid Director the first switch platform to support 20Gb InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, and 10GbE in a single switch. This new release of multi-service Grid Director will provide interoperable switching across multiple fabrics in both LAN/WANs and SANs.

Publish date: 02/01/07
Profiles/Reports

Infiniband's Data Center March

In this technology profile, we’ll take a fresh look at where InfiniBand stands today and its growing role in the next generation data center. We’ll examine important technology and solution trends where higher-speed switched fabrics are required for optimal performance in several dimensions – solutions like Big Data, web-scale applications, scale-out storage, and virtual I/O for mission-critical applications. Along the way we’ll address some high-level cost and adoption risk concerns.

------------

For more information on this report, check out:

IBTA blog - http://bit.ly/OGyNJm

IBTA Press Release - http://bit.ly/NZLRNG

Publish date: 07/18/12
news

InfiniBand’s Data Center March

Today’s enterprise data center is challenged with managing growing data, hosting denser computing clusters, and meeting increasing performance demands. As IT architects work to design efficient solutions for Big Data processing, web-scale applications, elastic clouds, and the virtualized hosting of mission-critical applications they are realizing that key infrastructure design “patterns” include scale-out compute and storage clusters, switched fabrics, and low-latency I/O.

  • Premiered: 07/18/12
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: IBTA BLOG
Topic(s): TBA IBTA TBA Mike Matchett TBA InfiniBand TBA Storage Clusters TBA fabric TBA latency
news

Analyst Report Confirms InfiniBand Growth in High Performance Computing and the Enterprise Data....

BEAVERTON, Ore. – July 18, 2012 – The InfiniBand® Trade Association (IBTA), a global organization dedicated to maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand™ specification, today released an analyst report from Taneja Group, demonstrating the continued market growth of InfiniBand products in the HPC and emerging as an attractive choice for the core of the enterprise data center.

  • Premiered: 07/18/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: IBTA
Topic(s): TBA IBTA TBA InfiniBand TBA Data Center TBA Big Data
news / Blog

InfiniBand as Data Center Communication Virtualization

Recently we posted a new market assessment of InfiniBand and its growing role in enterprise data centers. Here is a more philosophical thought about the optimized design of InfiniBand and its role as data center communication virtualization...

  • Premiered: 07/27/12
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Taneja Blog
Topic(s): InfiniBand convergence network Virtualization
news

Analyst Report Confirms InfiniBand Growth in High Perf. Computing and the Enterprise Data Center

The InfiniBand® Trade Association (IBTA), a global organization dedicated to maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand™ specification, today released an analyst report from Taneja Group, demonstrating the continued market growth of InfiniBand products in the HPC and emerging as an attractive choice for the core of the enterprise data center.

  • Premiered: 07/18/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Digital Journal
Topic(s): TBA IBTA TBA InfiniBand
news

Taneja Group confirms infiniband growth

The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) has released an analyst report from Taneja Group, demonstrating the continued market growth of InfiniBand products in the supercomputing and emerging as an attractive choice for the core of the enterprise data center.

  • Premiered: 07/18/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: SuperComputingOnline.com
Topic(s): TBA IBTA TBA InfiniBand
news

InfiniBand as Data Center Communication Virtualization

Last month, the Taneja Group released a report on InfiniBand’s role in the data center, “InfiniBand’s Data Center March” confirming what members of the IBTA have known for a while: InfiniBand is expanding its role in the enterprise.

  • Premiered: 08/01/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: IBTA BLOG
Topic(s): TBA IBTA TBA InfiniBand TBA Virtualization
news / Blog

Mellanox SwitchX-2 for High Performance and Cost Savings

Mellanox has taken on a new efficiency focus for large infrastructures, seeking to make them more easily deployable, manageable and more cost effective.

  • Premiered: 10/17/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Mellanox fabric InfiniBand Ethernet Switch SwitchX-2
news

New Architecture Spec by InfiniBand Trade Association...

The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA), an organization dedicated to maintaining and furthering the IB specification, announced Release 1.3 of Volume 2 of the InfiniBand Architecture Specification.

  • Premiered: 11/20/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Storage Newsletter
Topic(s): TBA IBTA TBA InfiniBand TBA Mike Matchett TBA InfiniBand Trade Association
news

InfiniBand networking for storage and converged data centers

InfiniBand networking has expanded from its high-performance computing roots to take on emerging, more mainstream use cases in today's enterprise data center.

  • Premiered: 10/29/12
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA InfiniBand TBA Jeff Byrne TBA Data Center TBA high-performance computing TBA HPC TBA Networking TBA Storage
news

FC technology use still leads despite Ethernet nipping at its heels

At least two technologies have tried to overtake Fibre Channel (FC) in the past decade: Ethernet and InfiniBand. Both have failed and FC use continues unabated. Why is that happening, and what's the future of FC?

  • Premiered: 04/08/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA FC TBA Fibre Channel TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA SCSI TBA iSCSI TBA InfiniBand TBA scalability TBA QoS TBA Ethernet TBA NFS TBA CIFS TBA lossless TBA FCoE
Profiles/Reports

Fibre Channel: The Proven and Reliable Workhorse for Enterprise Storage Networks

Mission-critical assets such as virtualized and database applications demand a proven enterprise storage protocol to meet their performance and reliability needs. Fibre Channel has long filled that need for most customers, and for good reason. Unlike competing protocols, Fibre Channel was specifically designed for storage networking, and engineered to deliver high levels of reliability and availability as well as consistent and predictable performance for enterprise applications. As a result, Fibre Channel has been the most widely used enterprise protocol for many years.

But with the widespread deployment of 10GbE technology, some customers have explored the use of other block protocols, such as iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), or file protocols such as NAS. Others have looked to Infiniband, which is now being touted as a storage networking solution. In marketing the strengths of these protocols, vendors often promote feeds and speeds, such as raw line rates, as a key advantage for storage networking. However, as we’ll see, there is much more to storage networking than raw speed.

It turns out that on an enterprise buyer’s scorecard, raw speed doesn’t even make the cut as an evaluation criteria. Instead, decision makers focus on factors such as a solution’s demonstrated reliability, latency, and track record in supporting Tier 1 applications. When it comes to these requirements, no other protocol can measure up to the inherent strengths of Fibre Channel in enterprise storage environments.

Despite its long, successful track record, Fibre Channel does not always get the attention and visibility that other protocols receive. While it may not be winning the media wars, Fibre Channel offers customers a clear and compelling value proposition as a storage networking solution. Looking ahead, Fibre Channel also presents an enticing technology roadmap, even as it continues to meet the storage needs of today’s most critical business applications.

In this paper, we’ll begin by looking at the key requirements customers should look for in a commercial storage protocol. We’ll then examine the technology capabilities and advantages of Fibre Channel relative to other protocols, and discuss how those translate to business benefits. Since not all vendor implementations are created equal, we’ll call out the solution set of one vendor – QLogic – as we discuss each of the requirements, highlighting it as an example of a Fibre Channel offering that goes well beyond the norm.

Publish date: 02/28/14
news / Blog

InfiniBand Updates Specs Preparing for 10000 Node Exascale Clusters

We've long been fans of InfiniBand, watching as new generations of enterprise class scale-out clusters and storage solutions learn from the HPC world how to achieve really high-speed interconnection. InfiniBand itself may never win the popular market race against Ethernet, but newer generations of Ethernet are looking more and more like InfiniBand. And parts of the IB world, namely RDMA and RoCE, have swept into datacenters almost unaware (e.g. look under the hood of SMB 3.0).

  • Premiered: 03/10/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): InfiniBand IBTA Exascale Networking HPC RoCE RDMA
news

Five key VMware VVOLs takeaways

The highly anticipated VMware Virtual Volumes feature is now available, and increasing vendor support is expected over the next 18 months.

  • Premiered: 03/20/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA VMWare TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA Virtual Volumes TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA LUN TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Storage TBA VSAN TBA VMware VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA VMFS TBA Virtual Machine File System TBA FC TBA Fibre Channel TBA iSCSI TBA NFS TBA IB TBA InfiniBand TBA SMB TBA CIFS TBA ESXi TBA EMC TBA DP
Profiles/Reports

Full Database Protection Without the Full Backup Plan: Oracle's Cloud-Scaled Zero Data Loss Recovery

Today’s tidal wave of big data isn’t just made up of loose unstructured documents – huge data growth is happening everywhere including in high-value structured datasets kept in databases like Oracle Database 12c. This data is any company’s most valuable core data that powers most key business applications – and it’s growing fast! According to Oracle, in 5 years (by 2020) most enterprises expect 50x data growth. As their scope and coverage grow, these key databases inherently become even more critical to our businesses. At the same time, the sheer number of database-driven applications and users is also multiplying – and they increasingly need to be online, globally, 24 x 7. Which all leads to the big burning question: How can we possibly protect all this critical data, data we depend on more and more even as it grows, all the time?

We just can’t keep taking more time out of the 24-hour day for longer and larger database backups. The traditional batch window backup approach is already often beyond practical limits and its problems are only getting worse with data growth – missed backup windows, increased performance degradation, unavailability, fragility, risk and cost. It’s now time for a new data protection approach that can do away with the idea of batch window backups, yet still provide immediate backup copies to recover from failures, corruption, and other disasters.

Oracle has stepped up in a big way, and marshaling expertise and technologies from across their engineered systems portfolio, has developed a new Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance. Note the very intentional name that is focused on total recoverability – the Recovery Appliance is definitely not just another backup target. This new appliance eliminates the pains and risks of the full database backup window approach completely through a highly engineered continuous data protection solution for Oracle databases. It is now possible to immediately recover any database to any point in time desired, as the Recovery Appliance provides “virtual” full backups on demand and can scale to protect thousands of databases and petabytes of capacity. In fact, it offloads backup processes from production database servers which can increase performance in Oracle environments typically by  25%. Adopting this new backup and recovery solution will actually give CPU cycles back to the business.

In this report, we’ll briefly review why conventional data protection approaches based on the backup window are fast becoming obsolete. Then we’ll look into how Oracle has designed the new Recovery Appliance to provide a unique approach to ensuring data protection in real-time, at scale, for thousands of databases and PBs of data. We’ll see how zero data loss, incremental forever backups, continuous validation, and other innovations have completely changed the game of database data protection. For the first time there is now a real and practical way to fully protect a global corporation’s databases—on-premise and in the cloud—even in the face of today’s tremendous big data growth.

Publish date: 12/22/15
news

Server Powered Storage: Intelligent Storage Arrays Gain Server Superpowers

At Taneja Group we are seeing a major trend within IT to leverage server and server-side resources to the maximum extent possible.

  • Premiered: 05/05/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA SAP TBA VMWare TBA NSX TBA CPU TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA software-defined TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA SimpliVity TBA Gridstore TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA TCO TBA ROBO TBA mobile TBA Riverbed TBA SteelFusion TBA Hybrid TBA Big Data TBA Internet of Things TBA IoT TBA Deduplication TBA scale-out TBA Infinio TBA Pernix TBA SanDisk