Mellanox bolstered its Ethernet switches with network telemetry technology to monitor the data plane for public clouds, private clouds, and enterprise computing.
The monitoring technology, which it named What Just Happened (WJH), helps enterprises identify anomalies in the data plane. According to the chipmaker, WJH provides a unique service that other streaming telemetry and inband network telemetry (INT) offerings do not. That uniqueness is the ability to provide context and actionable details on abnormal network behavior, eliminating guesswork from network troubleshooting.
The company noted that other telemetry services typically generate large quantities of non-actionable data mining from network port counters, statistical packet sampling, and hop-by-hop INT data. WJH instead inspects packets at multi-terabit speeds from all network ports that allows it to find unusual behavior and consolidate it so it can be used for remediation and the recovery of cloud applications or critical operations. And it helps create autonomous and self-healing networks.
WJH is able to inspect packets leveraging Mellanox’s Spectrum and Spectrum-2 Ethernet switch ASICs hardware capabilities. These switches leverage Melannox’s InfiniBand interconnect technology, which enables enterprises to connect fast computing nodes over intelligent networking fabrics. This technology is what creates the speed of insights for WJH.
The telemetry technology will be available on Mellanox Onyx (its Ethernet operating system), Cumulus Linux (Cumulus’ open network operating systems), and SONiC Network Operating Systems (an open source network OS based on Linux that runs on switches and ASICs). And it can be integrated with open source tools such as InfluxDB, Grafana, Kibana, and additional data center monitoring offerings like Mellanox NEO and Cumulus’ NetQ.
Mellanox, alongside Microsoft, Arista, Broadcom, and Dell, jointly developed the open source Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) and contributed it to the Open Compute Project (OCP) in 2016. The code allows cloud operators to share the same software stack across multiple hardware vendors including Mellanox’s ASICs.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), which includes Mellanox’s Ethernet switches in its storage networking portfolio as its HPE-M switches, said in a prepared statement that the addition of WJH to its HPE-M series helps to debug serious network issues in minutes. And Cumulus noted that leveraging WJH alongside its NetQ monitoring platform adds granularity across the network.
Mellanox is in the process of being acquired by chipmaker Nvidia, with the deal expected to close by the end of this year. Nvidia in March said it would buy Mellanox for $6.9 billion to better compete against Intel in the data center business.
And Mellanox was a hot commodity — Nvidia reportedly outbid other companies including Intel, Zillinx, and Microsoft, which all wanted to purchase the company for its artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computing, and big data and analytics workloads.