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InfiniBand Marches On Without Cisco

Aug 14, 2009, 21:01 (0 Talkback[s])

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""InfiniBand was thought to be a networking solution for the high-performance computing segment only, but that's really not true," explained Shainer. "InfiniBand enables you to run any kind of application, any kind of transport, and can be used for a database, for HPC, for storage, for management. And InfiniBand enables you to do the same kind of things that you were doing with an Ethernet infrastructure ... but significantly increases your system's efficiency and utilization. And InfiniBand is not a niche technology. It's fully supported by the Linux vendors, the Linux community, by Microsoft, and by many others. It's perfect for virtualization, for cloud computing, for any kind of usage."

"When asked to look in his crystal ball and see what the future holds for InfiniBand — and whether FCoE and 10GbE pose a significant threat — Boles said he didn't see any significant changes in the marketplace in the next three to six months — and felt both protocols would be viable in the short and medium term."

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