RESEARCH PAPER: NextIO Enables Multivendor Converged Datacenters

Industry standard x86 server node performance has been improving at an increased pace as core counts and memory capacities have increased. This rapidly increasing compute density is driving a commensurate increase in the costs of implementing in-rack network architectures. The challenge is how to maintain a multivendor, best-in-class datacenter. One good solution is to consolidate first level network and storage resources in a manner that is transparent to existing software stacks. NextIO’s vNET I/O virtualization and consolidation appliances are a well-positioned, practical solution to this challenge.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Converged Server Infrastructure
  • Pain Points
  • NextIO Solutions
  • Is NextIO’s PCIe switching strategy a bet against Ethernet?
  • Conclusion
  • Photo 1: NextIO vNET I/O Maestro PCIe switch below top of rack Ethernet switch
  • Photo 2 – Left: back of traditional rack, bottom half
  • Photo 3 – Center: front of Dell full rack with NextIO vNET I/O Maestro PCIe switch
  • Photo 4 – Right: back of Dell full rack with NextIO vNET I/O Maestro PCIe switch

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Companies Cited

  • Calxeda
  • Dell
  • Intel
  • NextIO
  • SeaMicro