Mellanox Technologies and IBRIX Inc., specialists in scalable file serving systems, are claiming development of the first scalable NAS solution using Infiniband interconnects.
The system brings together the IBRIX Fusion file server gateway with Mellanox 10 and 20 Gbps Infiniband adapters to provide up to a 10-fold performance increase for data-intensive applications, such as those found in the financial sector, life sciences and telecommunications.
While most Infiniband systems use the technology for internal cluster interconnects, the combined IBRIX/Mellanox approach delivers an enterprise-class scalable NAS via Infiniband directly to the application over standard NFS protocols. If the system performs as advertised, it could be a tremendous boon for front-end network connectivity, which has been hit with increased data flows from multicore chips, PCIe and HyperTransport bus technology, as well as 4 Gbps Fibre Channel.
No word yet on availability or pricing.