Mobile World Congress is one of those shows where several of the most important technologies and trends converge, including SDN, NFV, data centers and cloud computing, as well as all things wireless. As such, it was a perfect opportunity for several chip vendors to announce new products or systems and present evidence that their products or systems are gaining support.
The market for processors can be divided into two general camps, one with roots in the computer segment where the major focus has been processing power, and the other that sprung up around mobile communications, where low power consumption is critical. The former segment has tended to favor products based on Intel's powerful x86 architecture, while the latter typically prefers power-saving ARM-based products.
Many applications in the newest developing markets -- especially cloud and data center -- require the best of both worlds: processing power and low energy consumption.
Several chip and component vendors made announcements at MWC to demonstrate their ability to enable top-notch data center/cloud performance.
Mellanox noted that communications service providers (CSPs) are moving NFV from concept to deployment, and are expected to favor 25G Ethernet to ensure enough throughput to guarantee adequate quality of service.
Separately, Mellanox joined the Elevate Technology Alliance Program led by enterprise cloud specialist Nutanix Inc. . Mellanox said its SX1012 top of rack 10/40 Gbit/s Ethernet switch has been validated as Nutanix Ready for Networking.
— Brian Santo, Senior Editor, Components, T&M, Light Reading