Hardware Maker Offers A Less-Traveled Road To The Internet
The battle of interconnects seems to be falling into the latter category. If your computer hooked up to the Internet or a local area network lately, it probably used an ethernet card. Ethernet is the dominant architecture that computers and servers use to connect to each other. But it’s not the only one.
InfiniBand was created in 1999 as a faster, higher-performing standard than ethernet. Israel-based Mellanox Technologies (MLNX) was formed the same year to sell InfiniBand-based hardware.
The little company grew rapidly, but it eventually became clear that InfiniBand wasn’t going to displace ethernet. Currently, fewer than 1 million of the 25 million to 30 million servers in the U.S. use it, investment bank Pacific Crest estimates.
Mellanox’s Virtual Protocol Interconnect, or VPI, adapts to both ethernet and InfiniBand hardware so that both technologies can work together in converged networks. [Read the full article]