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Mellanox Infuses Ethernet Switches With Network Telemetry Tech

May 13, 2019 / Ali Longwell

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.