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Mellanox begins shipments of ConnectX-5 adapter to leading server and storage OEMs and key end-users

Johannesburg, 09 Dec 2016
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Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has announced first shipments of ConnectX-5, the world's highest performing 10, 25, 40, 50, 56 and 100Gb/s EDR InfiniBand and Ethernet adapter, to leading server and storage OEMs and key end-users.

"Networks Unlimited is set to distribute ConnectX-5, alongside its current portfolio of Mellanox products and solutions, throughout Africa," confirms Anton Jacobsz, managing director at value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.

ConnectX-5 sets new performance records, enables greater applications and data centre performance. ConnectX-5 adapter delivers 200 million InfiniBand messages per second, 33% faster than the previous ConnectX-4 generation, and more than two times better versus proprietary 100G offerings.

For Ethernet DPDK infrastructures, ConnectX-5 enables 140 million messages per second, 1.7 times higher message rate versus previous generations.

ConnectX-5 facilitates the building of the world's most advanced and scalable data centres. The combination of ConnectX-5, X86, Power, ARM, FPGA and GPUs enables the most efficient server and storage platforms, overcoming performance bottlenecks that exist with competitive and proprietary products.

"We are pleased to start shipping the ConnectX-5, the industry's most advanced network adapter, to our key partners and customers, allowing them to leverage our smart network architecture to overcome performance limitations and to gain a competitive advantage," says Eyal Waldman, Mellanox president and CEO.

"ConnectX-5 enables our customers and partners to achieve higher performance, scalability and efficiency of their InfiniBand or Ethernet server and storage platforms. Our interconnect solutions, when combined with Intel, IBM, NVIDIA or ARM CPUs, allow users across the world to achieve significant better return on investment from their IT infrastructure."

ConnectX-5 is the world-leading 10, 25, 40, 50, 56 and 100Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet intelligent adapter. The ConnectX-5 adapter supports the latest In-Network Computing architecture, offloading high-performance computing and machine learning algorithms, accelerating DPDK infrastructures, optimising storage platforms and more. The support for RDMA over InfiniBand and Ethernet, storage accelerators and full network offload makes the ConnectX-5 the most advanced adapter on the market today.

For more information, please contact Anton Jacobsz, managing director, Networks Unlimited, at


Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX) is a leading supplier of end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand intelligent interconnect solutions and services for servers, storage, and hyper-converged infrastructure. Mellanox intelligent interconnect solutions increase data centre efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance. Mellanox offers a choice of high performance solutions: network and multicore processors, network adapters, switches, cables, software and silicon, that accelerate application runtime and maximise business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centres, Web 2.0, cloud, storage, network security, telecom and financial services. More information is available at

Networks Unlimited

Networks Unlimited is a value-added distributor, offering the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes. The company distributes best-of-breed products, including Arbor Networks, Fortinet, F5, Mellanox, ProLabs, Rackmount, RSA, Rubrik, SimpliVity and Tintri. The product portfolio provides solutions from the edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cloud networking and integration, WAN optimisation, application performance management, application delivery networking, WiFi-, mobile- and networking security, load balancing, data centre in-a-box, and storage for virtual machines.

Since its formation in 1994, Networks Unlimited has continually adapted to today's progressively competitive and evolving marketplace, and has reaped the benefits by being a leading value-added distributor (VAD) within the Sub-Saharan Africa market.

Networks Unlimited complies with the South African Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) guidelines as a Level 4 Contributor.

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Networks Unlimited Evalean Moonsamy (+27) 011 202 8400
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