November 20, 2006
Voltaire has entered into a global
agreement with Sun Microsystems that brings Voltaire's products into
Sun's portfolio of technologies for building integrated high
performance computing systems. Included in the terms of the agreement
are Voltaire's InfiniBand and multi-service director-class switches,
host channel adapters and software, which Sun will use in pre-designed,
factory-integrated solutions. The combined solution is designed to
enable customers to gain performance and scalability for their clusters
One of Sun's offerings for high performance computing is the Sun Grid Rack System, a system with Sun servers, networking options and Grid-ready software, delivered in a Sun rack. With a flexible, open architecture design, Sun Grid Rack Systems are designed to simplify the deployment and adoption of Grid computing architectures. Voltaire multi-service Grid Director switches offer integrated InfiniBand, Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity in a single enclosure and, according to Voltaire, are deployed successfully in many of the world's largest supercomputers and grids.
Voltaire technology is also part of the new Sun Grid Rack System model designed for storage grids. The Grid Rack System for Scalable Storage combines the Sun Fire X4500 hybrid data server, Sun StorageTek arrays, Voltaire InfiniBand fabrics, and the Lustre cluster file system, designed to ensure great scalability for data access.
"Sun and Voltaire share a goal of delivering the highest-performance, complete cluster and Grid solutions to our customers," said Bjorn Andersson, director for HPC and Integrated Systems, Sun Microsystems. "The new Sun Grid Rack System for Scalable Storage is an example of our collaboration, and adds to the great momentum we have in the market place with integrated products. We are now pleased to provide more options for integrating InfiniBand technology with the products from Voltaire."
"While Sun and Voltaire have collaborated for quite some time to deliver high performance clusters and grids to customers worldwide, we are very pleased to take the next step by announcing the global agreement," said Mark Favreau, president and head of worldwide sales for Voltaire. "We look forward to building on our relationship with Sun to deliver ultra high performance, innovative, yet easy-to-deploy solutions to our customers."
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