Sunday, October 22, 2006

Startup keeps IB inside the box


Startup Panta Systems officially debuts its high performance server today, flexing a muscular I/O system with many as six 10Gbit/second Infiniband ports on every four-socket Opteron card. (Go to eet.com and search on “Panta” for the story.) Panta is a big believer in IB, even extending it down to its modular in-chassis storage array at 800Mbits/s.

But note that this startup did not want to take the risk that users are ready to run IB around their data centers. The Infiniband goodies stay inside the box and Ethernet is the external conduit. Interesting reality check on so-called data center convergence. --rbm

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