Category Archives: Networking

A3Cube Develops Military-Grade Network Interface Controller

a3cubeThis week A3CUBE announced that it has teamed with electronic manufacturing firm AirBorn Inc. to develop an “unbreakable” network interface controller called the RONNIEE RIO.

We leveraged our experience in the defense and aerospace industries to develop a connector where extreme speed does not come at the expense of availability and robustness,” said Emad Soubh, Director of New Product Development of AirBorn. “Working with A3CUBE, we were able to produce a high-density, high-bandwidth, high-reliability interconnect adapter card ready for the challenges of the next-generation data center, cloud computing platforms, analytics, storage and converged architectures.”

RONNIEE RIO is available in a low-profile PCIe card form factor designed to guarantee maximum availability, military-grade reliability and low-latency capabilities of peer-to-peer operations, RDMA and remote CPUs load and store operations.

FusionStorm Boosts Its Cloud Computing Offering with Peak’s Enterprise Cloud and NetApp Storage Platform

Peak announces that it will bring its world-class Infrastructure-as-a Service (IaaS) capabilities to FusionStorm to give the IT solution provider a more robust cloud solution.

“FusionStorm specializes in helping our clients connect their employees, partners and customers by building solid foundations for their IT infrastructure,” states Mike Souza, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for FusionStorm. “We know that the cloud has become a key component in delivering resources, increased capabilities and flexibility to our clients, and Peak’s cloud is unmatched in terms of technology and their hands-on expert support at all levels. Peak’s cloud also allows us to easily integrate a NetApp storage component, which is key for our customers.”

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Codero Announces Fourth Data Center Now Open in Dallas-Fort Worth

Codero Hosting has announced the opening of its flagship data center in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX. The hybrid hosting services will allow customers unprecedented performance and provisioning and will provide full redundancy and enormous scalability.

“The new data center is all about serving customers requiring world-class performance, reliability and scalability running on the most advanced networking technology infrastructure. Whether it’s bare metal dedicated servers, public cloud, private cloud, or our patented On-Demand Hybrid Cloud technology, our expanded data center footprint supports it all,” said Robert Autenrieth, COO of Codero Hosting. “DFW is the hub of connectivity for U.S. bandwidth and offers the industry’s latest technology – everything from power and cooling to density, as well as a variety of choices in bandwidth providers, flexibility in labor pool and unbeatable power costs. All these factors combined to make it a natural choice for our fourth data center in the U.S.”

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Silicon Valley Bank and Farnam Street Financial Gives Codero $8 Million in Funding

Codero has announced an $8 million round of funding from Silicon Valley Bank and Farnam Street Financial to expand its world wide data center footprint.

“We have outpaced our industry’s growth, expanding faster than other hosting and cloud providers due to our commitment to providing customers with unparalleled performance, expertise, support and value,” said Emil Sayegh, president and CEO of Codero Hosting. “The support of SVB and Farnam Street Financial helps us accelerate our growth and capitalize on our market success.”

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Job of the Week: Cloud Automation Support Engineer at Cisco

Cisco in Morrisville, NC is looking for a Cloud Automation Support Engineer in our Job of the Week.

“The Internet of Everything is a global industry phenomenon that is driving the biggest market transition for Cisco and our customers. This includes the intelligent connection of people, process, data, and things. It’s where everything is converged on the Internet, making networked connections more relevant and valuable than before.

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IBM to Acquire Fiberlink to Enhance its Mobile Technologies

Over at InformationWeek, Doug Henschen reports that IBM has announced the purchase of Fiberlink Communications which provides cloud-based mobile-management services. The acquisition will boost IBM’s play in the burgeoning bring-your-own-device (BYOD) market and give the company more of a stake in arenas such as financial services, healthcare and manufacturing.

“Fiberlink’s MaaS360 cloud services are used by financial services firms, healthcare organizations, and manufacturers worldwide, reportedly offering fast, self-service enrollment of BYOD in less than five minutes. IBM said the technologies will enable it to offer cloud-based or on-premise mobile device management, mobile content management, and mobile application management capabilities. The software can also separate personal from enterprise data and content on mobile devices.

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Job of the Week II: Senior Cloud Strategy Consultant at NTT Data

NTT Data in Mclean, VA is looking for a Senior Cloud Strategy Consultant in our Job of the Week II.

“As Senior Cloud Strategy Consultant specializing in infrastructure, you will advise clients on design and development of cloud strategies utilizing various methodologies and tools.  Role includes conversion and management of cloud strategies into a portfolio of cloud–based solutions designed to improve client performance and lower operational costs.  Responsibilities include leading teams of technical and business professionals through architectural design, development and deployment of cost effective and sustainable Cloud infrastructure and application solutions to meet unique client business requirements.

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New Penguin Ethernet Switches Have Built-in Cumulus Linux

Today Penguin Computing announced its new Arctica line of Ethernet network switches, the first ethernet switches on the market with Cumulus Linux pre-installed.

The network world is moving from proprietary network stacks to an open ecosystem that offers more choice, cost-effectiveness and flexibility. Within this ecosystem our native Linux distribution Cumulus Linux enables customers to leverage existing Linux expertise and tools to build and manage their networking infrastructures at a much lower price point than traditional switch offerings”, said William Choe, Head of Business Development at Cumulus Networks. “Through Penguin’s Arctica network switches, customers can take advantage of Cumulus Linux while enjoying Penguin Computing’s enterprise level support and maintenance for switch hardware and software.”

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Slidecast: Mellanox Rolls Out Virtual Modular Switch


In this slidecast, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox presents an overview of the company’s new Virtual Modular Switch.

Cloud, Web 2.0, and enterprise data centers which require large aggregation Ethernet switch networks are moving away from legacy modular switches, due to high expenses and rapid obsolescence, to fixed switches that bring scalability and efficiency,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The Mellanox Virtual Modular Switch solution, comprised of Mellanox’s 10, 40 and 56GbE switches, enables our customers to achieve a new level of scalability, while future-proofing their investment and reducing expenses.”

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Interop Panel Discusses the Relevance of SDN

David F. Carr at Information Week covers the keynote panel at Interop and their conversation regarding the future of SDN and network admin.

The point of SDN is to make networks easy to configure and reconfigure in software rather than hardware, with many more networking functions migrating from being embedded capabilities of a network appliance to being defined in software. Network systems are migrating incrementally in that direction as networks follow the same path toward virtualization as servers and storage, he said. Ultimately, the goal is to provide every data center with the flexibility associated with cloud computing.

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Clouds at a Distance – Can RDMA Enhance Collaborative Video Workflows?


In this video from the 2013 Open Fabrics Developer Workshop, Tom Coughlin from Coughlin Associates presents: Clouds at a Distance – Can RDMA Enhance Collaborative Video Workflows?

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Mellanox Introduces ConnectX-3 Pro Adapter

Mellanox is speeding up VXLAN with an innovative hardware solution that enables large-scale cloud infrastructures.

To meet the growing demand of cloud computing services, cloud providers must be able to take full advantage of new software techniques to scale-up their cloud networks without reducing performance or efficiency of the infrastructure,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “With ConnectX-3 Pro, cloud providers will be able to easily scale and grow their business and provide new value-add services while reducing the cost of their cloud infrastructure; ushering in the age of Cloud 2.0

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Video: Welcome to the Generation of Open Ethernet


In this video, Mellanox CEO Eyal Waldman presents: Welcome to the Generation of Open Ethernet.

Open” is the keyword for today’s world of cloud computing and Web 2.0 applications. Open Ethernet, a new initiative led by Mellanox, will enable a new era of open data centers. It will give IT managers complete control of their networks to achieve better performance and lower costs. It will sweep away proprietary stacks, proprietary routing methods, and proprietary management software. Open Ethernet will expand open source into the data center to allow vendors and users to design the networks they want at costs they can afford. Open Ethernet means open code, access to open source management software, support for standard OpenFlow controllers, and much more. It will allow data centers to use commodity hardware and open source software to build the powerful switches, routers, and appliances they need for their purposes.

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Video: Hands-on Training: Know Your Cluster Bottlenecks and Maximize Performance


In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Dan Waxman from Mellanox provides a hands-on training for InfiniBand entitled: Hands-on Training: Know Your Cluster Bottlenecks and Maximize Performance.

Depending on the application of the user’s system, it may be necessary to modify the default configuration of the network adapters and the system/chipset configuration. This slide deck describes common tuning parameters, settings & procedures that can improve performance of the network adapter. Different Server & NIC vendors may have different recommendations for the values to be set – but the general tuning approach should be similar. For the hands-on demo we will utilize Mellanox ConnectX adapters – thus we will implement the recommended settings issued by Mellanox.

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Speed Your Data with Tips from ESnet’s FasterData Site

Over at the Energy Sciences Network, Jon Bashor writes that ESnet’s is popular online repository of tips and tricks for improving network performance. Maintained by Brian Tierney for the last 15 years or so, the site comprises around 120 pages, about 50% of the page views where on the pages of that focus on tuning Linux hosts for better network performance on network paths above 1 gigabit per second.

There are a few settings that aren’t defaults and if you use them, they can gain you a lot in terms of performance,” said Tierney, cautioning that the same settings will actually downgrade the performance of slower networks or home routers. “The site contains a lot of arcane details that are hard to memorize, so users can go to a page, copy and paste the settings into their systems.”

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Sponsored Post: OpenFabrics Workshops for Users and Developers Coming to Monterey in April

Be a part of the OpenFabrics Alliance’s OpenFabrics Software events in Monterey, CA.

  • The OFA User Workshop, April 18-19, provides opportunities to share experiences and learn from a community of OFS users.
  • The International Developer’s Workshop, April 21-24, will focus on the development and improvement of OFS as well as major developments in RDMA, etc. Agenda and more information is available on

Registration for the two events is now open. More details are available in this month’s OFA Newsletter, which features an interview with Susan Coulter, HPC Network Administrator at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Villany of Silent Data Corruption

Over at the Emulex Blog, Sonny Singh writes that increasing complexity of data center environments and growth in storage have led to significant concerns about silent data corruption.

But really what it comes down to is without end-to-end protection technology, data corruption can go unnoticed until recovery is difficult and costly or even impossible to perform. Furthermore, without end-to-end integrity checking, these silent data corruptions can lead to unexpected and unexplained problems.

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