MSP Today Expert Feature
January 29, 2013

Gnodal Announces Updates to Data Center Switch OS for Cloud Deployments

Gnodal Ltd. has announced software enhancements to its adaptive, load-balancing fabric's operating system. The company, a provider of 10/40GbE Ethernet switch fabrics, has upgraded the system to provide private and hybrid cloud enterprise networks with improved monitoring capabilities.

The enhancements will offer port mirroring, optimized scalability and link utilization through multipath resolution. Gnodal provides an isotropic switch architecture that is distributed, low-latency, Layer 2 core and removes common constraints with cloud deployments.

The Gnodal Network Operating System (GNOS) enables multiple Gnodal GS-Series switches to be combined, creating distributed core fabrics that can support thousands of nodes. The company's switch fabric implements full-bisectional bandwidth capacity and also delivers high performance levels. The latest enhanced release of GNOS also offers mechanisms to control a multi-switch environment as one switch with a single management pane, which simplifies network operations.

The announcement from Gnodal backs up the company's dedication to cloud efficiency through optimized services delivery and virtual infrastructure. The enhancements enable managed service providers (MSPs) using dense VM environments to serve a large number of desktops from as few physical servers as possible, while accelerating storage read/write capabilities.

"Gnodal is uniquely positioned to redefine enterprise Ethernet networks to meet the objectives of next-generation data center and cloud infrastructures that rely on flat and efficient, east-west, layer 2 Ethernet transport common to virtualized applications," said Atchison Frazer, Gnodal CMO. "The Gnodal Network Operating System underpins a tightly integrated Ethernet fabric; while other vendors talk about switch device functionality based on merchant silicon, only Gnodal Ethernet Fabric -- exclusively delivered via the Gnodal PETA-ASIC chip architecture -- delivers three key tenets of intelligent network fabrics: low latency, congestion avoidance, and multipath handling."

MSP RedPixie provides next-generation desktop, data center infrastructure and on and off-premise cloud computing solutions. The company is using the Gnodal Ethernet Fabric to connect compute and storage nodes in its NimBrix platform, leveraging Gnodal ultra-low-latency switches. The provider offers a unified compute, storage and networking platform and eliminates the need for SAN while overcoming conventional architectural limitations and costs.

NimBrix enables VDI 3.0 for cloud service providers delivering next-generation stateless desktops. The architecture may scale to support 1,000s of nodes and is elastic, enabling resources to be moved, removed and added on demand. The platform also offers high performance with a linearly scalable architecture and is fault tolerant for offering advanced failure-handling capabilities including data mirroring and virtual shelves with protection domains.

Edited by Brooke Neuman