May 30, 2013
SAN JOSE and SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 30 -- OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, and Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center and storage systems, have collaborated together to optimize Microsoft SQL Server applications in a Microsoft Always-On deployment that delivers flash I/O storage performance and high availability of data. These capabilities will be presented June 3rd through June 6th, in the Mellanox booth (#316) at the Microsoft TechEd North America 2013 Conference, New Orleans Morial Convention Center.
The combination of the Mellanox ConnectX-3 EN 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network interface card (NIC) with OCZ's ZD-XL SQL Accelerator replicates database volumes in a Microsoft SQL Server environment. The combined solutions deliver industry-leading Ethernet connectivity, intelligent and efficient cache and flash volume distribution of PCI Express (PCIe) flash resources as well as enabling High Availability (HA) services of Microsoft SQL Server installations.
To achieve this innovative capability, the Microsoft SQL Server environment containing two servers (each using a ZD-XL SQL Accelerator and ConnectX-3 EN NIC) are connected using Microsoft SQL Server Always-On. High Availability of this environment is maintained by replicating the ZD-XL SQL Accelerator data using the Mellanox NIC to the secondary server.
"This industry-first solution assures that performance will be maintained at accelerated levels through ZD-XL SQL Accelerator flash performance with our 40GbE NIC interconnection handling the replication of even the highest flash induced Microsoft SQL Server loads," said Motti Beck, Director of Enterprise Market Development for Mellanox Technologies. "We are very pleased to jointly develop this capability with OCZ enabling Microsoft SQL Server operations to continue from the point when a server fails, providing flash speed to end-users as if no problem had occurred."
"We are equally excited to work with Mellanox on providing high bandwidth, high availability solutions, and with the ConnectX-3 EN NIC providing four times better Ethernet connectivity for data replication, is an ideal match for our ZD-XL SQL Accelerator in support of mission-critical Microsoft SQL Server applications," said Dr. Allon Cohen, Vice President of Software and Solutions for OCZ Technology. "The ability to provide this innovative acceleration and replication between flash resources enables Microsoft SQL Server environments to function at the speed of flash while retaining complete high availability."
The Mellanox ConnectX-3 EN 40/56GbE NIC delivers high-bandwidth and industry-leading Ethernet connectivity for performance-driven server and storage applications in enterprise data centers, High Performance Computing (HPC) and embedded environments. Its low power and application acceleration for converged I/O infrastructures eliminate the need for multiple Ethernet connections to the server while maximizing server and storage performance throughput. This results in reduced operating costs and network complexity. More information is available at www.mellanox.com/ethernet/40gbe_index.php.
OCZ's new ZD- XL SQL Accelerator is a plug-and-play flash acceleration solution optimized for Microsoft SQL Server deployments. It represents the convergence of enterprise hardware and software as one tightly integrated, optimized solution ensuring that appropriate and readily available data is on SSD flash when Microsoft SQL Server needs it. Plugging seamlessly into existing or new Microsoft SQL Server installations, ZD-XL SQL Accelerator provides on-host application-optimized flash caching for SAN or DAS DB volumes enabling data to be accessed with the highest possible I/O performance. More information is available at www.ocz.com/enterprise.
About Mellanox Technologies, Inc.
Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.
About OCZ Technology Group, Inc.
Founded in 2002, San Jose, Calif.-based OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (OCZ) is a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of high-performance solid-state storage solutions and premium computer components. Offering a complete spectrum of solid-state drives (SSDs), OCZ provides SSDs in a variety of form factors and interfaces (i.e. PCIe, SAS and SATA) to address a wide range of client and enterprise applications. Having developed firmware and controller platforms, to virtualization and endurance extending technologies, the company delivers vertically integrated solutions enabling transformational approaches to how digital data is captured, stored, accessed, analyzed and leveraged by customers. More information is available at www.ocz.com.
Source: OCZ Technology Group, Inc.
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