Mellanox Propels JD Cloud to New Levels of Performance and Efficiency

E-Commerce Giant’s Cloud Computing Platform Leverages ConnectX 25G
Ethernet NIC Advanced Offloads to Support More Customers in their Data
Center

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mellanox?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#Mellanoxlt;/agt;–RSA Conference 2019 Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd.
(NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end
interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems,
today announced that JD Cloud, a full-service cloud computing platform
and integrated cloud service provider from China’s E-commerce giant
JD.com (NASDAQ: JD), has adopted Mellanox ConnectX adapters with
advanced offloads to improve performance, efficiency, security and
reduce cost of their data center. JD Cloud worked closely with Mellanox
and the Linux kernel community to develop pioneering new capabilities
based on Accelerated Switching and Packet Processing (ASAP2) technology
supported by the ConnectX series of Ethernet network adapters. By
leveraging ConnectX adapters with ASAP2, JD.com was able to develop
cloud native applications, network function virtualization, and
distributed security with unmatched performance and efficiency.

ASAP2 significantly boosts the efficiency of Software-Defined Networking
(SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and cloud deployments. The
solution combines the performance and efficiency of Mellanox networking
hardware accelerators with the flexibility of server based virtual
switching to deliver software-defined networks that perform with the
highest total infrastructure efficiency, deployment flexibility and
operational simplicity. JD Cloud and Mellanox co-designed the most
advanced connection tracking feature of the ASAP2 acceleration
technology, and will open-source the code to Linux community. This is a
fundamental technology that accelerates stateful software defined
applications such as firewalls, load-balancers, and intrusion detection
and prevention systems. The deployment of this advanced ASAP2 technology
allows JD.com to serve more customers, more efficiently, and more
cost-effectively than previously possible.

“Stateful connection tracking in hardware is quite challenging. JD Cloud
and Mellanox worked closely to co-design and implement this feature
based on Mellanox’s ASAP2 technology. Now we achieve excellent network
performance and deliver a better user experience to our customers,” said
Gang He, corporate vice president of JD Group and head of JD Cloud
product development. “By offloading network packet processing, ASAP2
technology frees up the CPU, so that it no longer needs to handle every
data packet. Instead, almost all CPU cycles become available to run
applications. The net result is that our customers see better and more
predictable performance for their applications workloads, while
simultaneously achieving better security, scalability, efficiency, and
cost savings.”

“Total infrastructure efficiency, operational simplicity and deployment
flexibility were the guiding principles for designing ASAP2,” said Amir
Prescher, senior vice president of business development and end user
sales, Mellanox Technologies. “Working with the JD Cloud development
team, we were able to unlock the potential of our networking technology,
and improve both performance and efficiency of the JD cloud data center.
The result is that JD Cloud is able deliver a better customer experience
while simultaneously reducing costs.”

“This deployment of hardware accelerated virtual switching in the cloud
confirms the needs as expressed in our recent Efficient Data Center
survey,” said Scott Raynovich, founder and chief analyst, Futuriom. “IT
managers and cloud architects cited overcoming virtualization
performance penalties as their biggest challenge. Using advanced NICs
such as those from Mellanox that offload the CPU and accelerate
virtualization and security processing is the key to achieving
penalty-free performance.”

The new generation of SDN, NFV and cloud-native computing technologies
are pushing the limits of application instances that can be packed
efficiently, securely and quickly on virtualized and containerized
server infrastructure. In addition, the co-existence of multiple
microservices, applications, and tenants – necessitates a more efficient
underlying network fabric. Hypervisor based virtual switching and
routing software has enabled agility and flexibility, however has
suffered from poor performance, poor scalability, and high CPU overhead
within the server. These problems get worse as cloud infrastructures
migrate from 10 Gb/s networking connectivity to 25 and 100 Gb/s,
required for increasingly data and I/O intensive applications.

The Mellanox ASAP2 solution addresses these challenges head-on, by
offloading virtual switch data path operations to the ConnectX NICs and
BlueField SmartNICs. Both of these product families have pipelined,
programmable hardware accelerators to perform intelligent flow
processing and connection tracking at scale. With Mellanox connection
tracking security technology, protecting the host from attacks is done
at wire speed. Furthermore to simplify deployment, the acceleration is
transparent – and the virtual switch control plane, SDN controller
interface, and cloud management platforms, all remain unchanged. ASAP2
optimizes network application performance by streamlining I/O
operations, in the most cost-effective manner possible with minimal CPU
impact. This enables customers to maximize resources to run application
workloads, instead of network I/O processing.

Demonstrations at RSA 2019 Conference, San Francisco, CA March 4-7, 2019

Visit Mellanox at booth 4528 to learn about the benefits of Mellanox
10/25/40/50/100/200 Gb/s networking solutions with ASAP2 to secure your
data centers.

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About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX) is a leading supplier of end-to-end
Ethernet and InfiniBand smart 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, unlocking system
performance and improving data security. Mellanox offers a choice of
fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software and silicon
that accelerate application performance and maximize business results
for a wide range of markets including cloud and hyperscale, high
performance computing, artificial intelligence, enterprise data centers,
cyber security, storage, financial services and more. More information
is available at: http://www.mellanox.com/

About JD Cloud

JD Cloud is JD.com’s full-service cloud computing platform and
integrated cloud service provider. It houses the world’s leading
technologies and a wealth of cloud computing solutions. JD Cloud offers
full stack services ranging from IaaS and PaaS to SaaS. It also provides
a full spectrum services from IDC and cloud computing services to
integrated offerings and services spanning several industries. JD Cloud
covers Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Dedicated Cloud. It
delivers a comprehensive range of cloud computing services including
infrastructure building, strategic consulting, and business platforms
development and operation.

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