Super Micro Computer has launched a range of 25 Gigabit Ethernet server and storage solutions which the company says will help drive the industry’s adoption of faster networking technologies.
The company says its new network interface card and top-of-rack switch solutions will help enterprises deliver new products and services to market faster.
At the moment, most data centres use networking technology that can handle speeds of up to 10G, but the move to 25G is happening fast and many are looking to ramp up even more to 100G.
According to Supermicro, 25G can support smarter machines and bigger data, and costs “about the same” as 10G.
Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro, says: “The time for transitioning from 10G to 25G networking is now, and the transition is happening very quickly.
“Self-driving cars, AI, machine learning, big data and NVMe-over-Fabric (NVMe-oF) are all pushing system performance to the limits and driving the demand for more network bandwidth.
“With higher performance, better scalability, as well as an easy and clear upgrade path to 100 Gigabit Ethernet networks, customers are upgrading their networks to 25G to increase network throughput – meeting the needs of those applications that are now hungry for even more bandwidth.”
Supermicro says all of its 25G products are dual-speed, so they can operate at either 10G or 25G, which means they offer “superior investment protection” for companies only beginning to evolve from a 10G to a 25G network infrastructure.
Customers can install these systems and interconnect with their existing infrastructure, and when the time to upgrade to 25G comes, it is merely a configuration update – no need for a disruptive and costly hardware change, says Supermicro.
For those ready to upgrade their ToR switches to 25G, Supermicro offers both its flagship 100G switch and its new standalone 25G switch.
The SSE-C3632S is a 100G switch that can be configured with each of its 32 ports split by four to support up to 128 connections at 25G.
Alternatively, the new SSE-F3548S offers an extremely cost competitive option with 48 ports of 25G and six uplinks of 100G, and the uplinks can be split by four to support as many as 72 connections at 25G.
Supermicro also offers a 25G switch (SBM-25G-100) with the X11 SuperBlade®. This switch can be used with either the 8U SuperBlade enclosure (SBE-820J) or the 6U SuperBlade enclosure (SBE-610J) and features twenty 25G downlink connections, four QSFP28 ports where each port can be configured as 40G or 100G uplink connections.
Using splitter cables, individual 40G ports can be split into four 10G ports or the 100G port can be split into four 25G ports.
Like the standard 25G ToR switch, the blade switch auto-negotiates and is compatible with 10G networking, providing customers with a clear path to future 25G upgrades to their existing data centre infrastructure.
Customers who are familiar with the Blade networking management interface of MBM-GEM-004 will benefit from using a similar GUI/CLI interface with the new 25G switch.
Additionally, it supports the latest networking protocols required for today’s data centre and cloud infrastructure environments.
The 25G mezzanine card that interfaces with the blade server support RDMA/RoCE, DPDK, packet pacing, flow steering and Ethernet offloads.
25G Ethernet improves productivity in many diverse applications, says Supermicro.
For example, web-centric or e-commerce business models always drive demand for more network bandwidth.
Similarly, high-performance computing (HPC), distributed applications and clustered databases need fast networks as well.
And NVMe-over-Fabric (NVMe-oF) “absolutely drives up the requirement for higher NIC and backbone network speed”, says Supermicro.