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Mellanox, Dell Technologies partnership enables supercomputing platforms for commerce, research, science


Johannesburg, 04 Feb 2020
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Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has recently announced a partnership with Dell Technologies to continue moving the arenas of high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies forward. Mellanox solutions are distributed in Africa by value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa.

With the introduction of the Extreme-Scale High-Performance Computing Program by the two companies, supercomputing platforms will be allowed to perform at the highest levels of performance and efficiency. Marcel Fouché, networking and storage general manager at Networks Unlimited Africa, clarifies: “Mellanox solutions increase data centre efficiency by providing high throughput and low latency, in this way delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance. This enables supercomputing machines to help drive new research and innovations through its processing speed and computing power.”

Marcel Fouché
Marcel Fouché

The Extreme-Scale High-Performance Computing Program will promote and enhance the following:

Supercomputing platforms: This brings together Mellanox’s 200 gigabit HDR InfiniBand ConnectX-6 smart adapters, Mellanox HDR InfiniBand Quantum switches and LinkX cables and transceivers with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers to form scalable, high-performance supercomputing platforms. This will enable commercial companies, government agencies and universities to achieve a high-performance compute infrastructure at any size, and to scale them as needed to meet their application demands over time.

Comprehensive software suite and optimisation: Mellanox’s leading software packages for HPC and AI applications, network management and monitoring provide end-users with the software and tools needed to optimise their data centre performance, efficiency and scalability, and to simplify the data centre management and operations.

“Mellanox technology reduces the application wait-time for data. High performance computing brings competitiveness and drives down the costs of bringing an idea to market, for example, by allowing for virtual prototypes to be created instead of physical.

“In addition, high performance computing enables scientific, commercial and industrial research across industry, university and national levels. This collaboration between Mellanox and Dell truly signals a step forward in the work that is being done on the next generation of supercomputing machines,” concludes Fouché.

Networks Unlimited Africa

Networks Unlimited Africa 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 Altaro, Attivo Networks, Carbon Black, Cofense, Fortinet, F5, Hitachi Vantara, Indegy, Mellanox Technologies, NETSCOUT, ProLabs, RSA, Rubrik, SevOne, Silver Peak, Tintri by DDN and Uplogix.

Our product portfolio provides cutting edge solutions from the network edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cybersecurity in the IT/OT space, hybrid cloud, datacentre and infrastructure, networking and integration, SD-WAN solutions, network performance management and application performance management, application delivery networking and load balancing, DataOps management and data management, and backup and recovery solutions. Most of our solutions are highly regarded by Gartner and will be found on their respective magic quadrants.

Since its formation in 1994, Networks Unlimited Africa 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.

Editorial contacts
Vivienne Fouche (+27) 082 602 1635 vivienne@pr.co.za
Michelle Naidoo (+27) 011 202 8400 michelle.naidoo@nu.co.za
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