InfiniBand Hooks Up With Ethernet

Evaluating the best network technology to invest in is crucial to ensuring IT has the most secure, cost-effective solution for their enterprise. That’s one of the reasons thousands swarm to the big Interop trade show to check out the latest and greatest from the various networking vendors on hand.

As Enterprise Networking Planet reports, Ethernet and Infiniband are two different networking technologies that offer different benefits. But a trade group at Interop said new technologies promise to bring both networks closer together.

LAS VEGAS — Can competing networking technologies work together? In the case of Ethernet and InfiniBand the answer, according to InfiniBand vendors, is a resounding yes.

The Infiniband Trade Association (IBTA)and a number of its members here at the Interop trade show including Mellanox and Voltaire, this week discussed new technologies that will bring some of the low latency benefits of InfiniBand to 10 gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) networks.

“The IBTA’s goal is to provide fast efficient transport for networks,” IBTA spokesperson Brian Sparks told “Before that meant it had to be on InfiniBand but all the InfiniBand vendors today also have 10 GbE so they can converge some of their efforts.”

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InfiniBand Moving to Ethernet?

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