Mellanox unveils SN4000 Ethernet switches for cloud applications

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Mellanox, a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has started to ship SN4000 Ethernet switches to customers.

The SN4000 family is powered by Mellanox Spectrum-3 – a scalable and flexible 12.8 Tbps Ethernet switch ASIC, which has been optimised for Cloud, Ethernet Storage Fabric, and AI interconnect applications.

The SN4000 platform comes in flexible form-factors supporting a combination of up to 32 ports of 400GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE and 128 ports of 100/50/25/10GbE. The SN4000 platforms complement the 200/400GbE SN3000 leaf switches to form an efficient and high bandwidth leaf/spine network.

Mellanox Spectrum-3 supports scale tunnelling, and network virtualization capabilities with its advanced FlexFlow packet processing technology and WJH (What Just Happened) based real-time telemetry. Mellanox Spectrum-3 is intended for building massive, high performance layer-2 and layer-3 fabrics, for both virtualized and non-virtualized use cases.

“Mellanox Spectrum-3 offers better performance, more advanced features, and easier management than any other 12.8 terabit switch,” said Amit Katz, vice president of Ethernet switches at Mellanox. “Our VXLAN support features single-pass routing for more than 500,000 tunnels, making Mellanox Spectrum-3 the best switch not only for cloud data centres, but for any networking deployment supporting virtualization, containers, or microservices.”

“Over the last several years, Mellanox has steadily grown its market share in the 100GbE top-of-rack Ethernet switch segment,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. “As of the most recent reported quarter, Mellanox moved up to the fourth overall position worldwide in this segment, with over seven percent market segment share. The introduction of these new Mellanox Spectrum-3 based switches should enable additional growth for Mellanox in the emerging 200GbE and 400GbE segments.”

The Mellanox Spectrum-3 is the latest addition to a broad portfolio of software and hardware products based on Ethernet Cloud Fabric (ECF) technology and is backward-compatible with earlier Mellanox Spectrum models at an SDK level.

Like other switches in the Mellanox Spectrum family, Mellanox Spectrum-3 is ONIE bootable and supports a wide choice of open Network Operating Systems (NOS) including Mellanox Onyx, DENT, SONiC,and Cumulus.

Customers can enjoy higher performance and scale while continuing to use a consistent software model.

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Neil Tyler

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