Mellanox Introduces Ethernet Cloud Fabric Technology Using World’s Best 100/200/400GbE Open Ethernet Switches

Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd., a world class provider of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, introduced breakthrough Ethernet Cloud Fabric (ECF) technology just today, a technology based on Spectrum-2, the world’s most advanced 100/200/400 Gb/s Ethernet switches. ECF technology gives the perfect platform to rapidly create and easily deploy state of the art public and private cloud data centers that has improved efficiency and manageability.

ECF merges three important capabilities:

  • Agile, flexible and fully programmable data pipeline
  • Industry-leading packet forwarding data plane
  • Fully integrated, Open and Actionable telemetry to provide instant insights

ECF totally incorporates Ethernet Storage Fabric (ESF) technology which seamlessly enables the network to act as the ideal scale-out data plane for artificial intelligence, storage, computing, and communications traffic. ECF technology totally embraces Open Ethernet platforms which disaggregate software and hardware, and Spectrum-2 based switches are accessible with network operating systems including SONiC, Cumulus Linux, Mellanox Onyx, and Linux SwitchDev.

Spectrum-2 switches with ECF strengthens data center architects to attain the highest levels of flexibility, performance, and sophisticated visualization capabilities in a bid to make operational efficiency better.

Spectrum-2 further extends the capacities of the first generation of Spectrum-based Ethernet switches that are usually deployed in thousands of data centers all over the world. Spectrum allows IT managers to attain leading performance and efficiency for 10GbE infrastructures and higher, as well as to migrate from 10 to 25, 50, and 100 Gb/s speeds in an effective and economical fashion. Spectrum capabilities are listed out in a Tolly test report that demonstrates superior performance versus competitor products. Spectrum-2 keeps up with the same API as Spectrum: Open SDK/SAI API or Linux upstream driver (Switchdev) and also supports a range of network operating systems.