RLX Technologies, a leading provider of blade server and modular computing technologies and Voltaire announced that the companies are collaborating to deliver the industry's first 10 Gbps (4X) InfiniBand integrated switch for blade servers. The new solution is the first to offer customers a fully switched InfiniBand solution in a single or multiple blade chassis. For customers looking to deploy high performance clusters that require a low latency interconnect and integrated I/O for server, network and storage provisioning, this is a unique, industry-first solution.
Under the terms of the agreement, Voltaire is providing RLX with custom InfiniBand host channel adapters, switches and software for integration with RLX's award-winning Server Blade and Rack Module platforms. The integration of InfiniBand switching within the RLX blades chassis gives customers all of the benefits of a high performance InfiniBand cluster in a low-cost, pre- assembled solution. RLX will also resell Voltaire's highly acclaimed ISR 9288 and ISR 9024 InfiniBand switch routers for customers who wish to interconnect multiple blade chassis for larger clusters or connect to storage. The Voltaire ISR 9288 is the industry's largest, most scalable InfiniBand switch with integrated storage and IP connectivity, making it the ideal interconnect for high performance computing clusters and enterprise grids.
"Our partnership with Voltaire further establishes RLX's commitment to InfiniBand technology and allows us to continue providing industry-leading blade server solutions as well as the most manageable Linux clusters," said Tejas Vakil, vice president of marketing, RLX Technologies. "Because our joint solution will be fully integrated and quickly scaleable to 30Gbps, the RLX design can take full advantage of the performance of InfiniBand technology. Furthermore, because manageability is built-in to the system and accessible remotely, our customers will not only get optimum InfiniBand performance on RLX blades or clusters, the solution will also be the most manageable on the market."
"We are delighted to have been selected by RLX to be the exclusive provider of InfiniBand technology for their Server Blade and Rack Module solutions," said Ronnie Kenneth, CEO and chairman, Voltaire. "By integrating InfiniBand, the highest performing interconnect available, with industry-leading blade technology, we can now provide the solution for which HPC and enterprise customers continually ask: a cluster that improves performance and scalability while reducing costs and complexity."
The thorough integration work completed by RLX and Voltaire has resulted in the industry's most dense, highly available and easy-to-manage InfiniBand cluster solution. Featuring 4X InfiniBand ports in the switch blade, the solution is a formidable building block for small-to-medium-size clusters in the enterprise. No external cabling is required, thereby reducing the time, cost and complexity often associated with assembling clusters. The solution also enables network booting for diskless InfinBand clusters so customers can easily move to a diskless environment to reduce deployment time and cluster operating expenses. Moreover, the solution's advanced cluster management capabilities allow users to dynamically deploy manage and provision multiple servers remotely through a web-based interface.
The solution is available from RLX immediately.
About RLX Technologies Inc. RLX Technologies creates smarter computing and intelligent management solutions that are helping companies worldwide create more flexible, cost effective, and manageable IT infrastructures. The inventor of blade server technology, RLX is now leading the industry with the most manageable rack-optimized servers and Linux clusters on the market. RLX is the winner of InfoWorld's 2004 Technology of the Year Award for Best Server Blade System.
Voltaire is a leader in interconnect solutions for high performance grid computing. Voltaire's InfiniBand-based interconnect solutions deliver significant return on investment to the data center by improving the performance and utilization of clustered databases, shared servers and storage. For HPC customers, Voltaire leads the industry with the largest InfiniBand Trade Association-certified switch to support clusters scaling from hundreds to thousands of nodes. With business headquarters near Boston, Massachusetts, Voltaire is certified by the IBTA's Integrator's List. More information about Voltaire is available at http://www.voltaire.com or by calling 1- 800-865-8247.