SOURCE: Rorke Data

October 13, 2008 15:00 ET

Rorke Data and Mellanox Announce InfiniBand Product Initiative at Storage Networking World 2008

Galaxy® Aurora IB, Rorke Data's Low-Cost, High-Performance InfiniBand-Based Solution Leverages Mellanox's Award-Winning ConnectX® 20Gb/s InfiniBand Adapter Cards

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD -- Rorke Data Inc., a data storage-centric, end-to-end solutions provider that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts (PINKSHEETS: BELM), today announced at Storage Networking World that its new Galaxy® Aurora IB InfiniBand RAID storage solution will leverage Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.'s ConnectX® 20Gb/s InfiniBand Host Channel topology. With an MSRP starting at less than two dollars per gigabyte of storage, the Galaxy Aurora IB uniquely integrates Seagate Enterprise-class SAS drives with Mellanox HCAs to deliver high-performance capability of over 1,700 MB per second. This performance capability makes it the most cost-effective solution available for a diverse range of markets such as HPC, Enterprise Data Centers, Satellite/Seismic Imaging and High-Resolution Content Creation.

"Rorke Data is setting a new standard in price and performance for InfiniBand-based storage solutions. Galaxy Aurora IB will enable wider adoption of InfiniBand by introducing a solution in line with SMB and departmental budgets," said Joe Swanson, president of Rorke Data. "Galaxy Aurora IB is our highest performance product and -- with the addition of Mellanox's ConnectX adapter -- it delivers breakthrough low cost of ownership with the industry-leading performance of InfiniBand network topology."

Mellanox's ConnectX 20Gb/s and 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapter cards deliver low latency and high bandwidth for performance-driven server and storage clustering applications. Clustered data bases, parallelized applications, transactional services, and high-performance I/O applications will achieve significant performance improvements with InfiniBand I/O technology, resulting in reduced completion time and lower cost per operation.

"Rorke Data is a well-known provider of high-performance storage systems, and we are proud that they have chosen the speed, simplicity and cost savings of InfiniBand for their top-of-the-line storage server," said Gilad Shainer, director of technical marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "Mellanox's ConnectX 20Gb/s InfiniBand adapters help the Galaxy Aurora IB provide superior application performance at a SMB price point."

A unified InfiniBand cluster for computing and storage achieves significant cost-performance advantages over multi-fabric networks. Standard block and file access protocols leveraging InfiniBand RDMA result in high-performance storage access. Data reliability is improved through the use of T10-compliant Data Integrity Field (DIF). Fibre Channel (FC) over InfiniBand (FCoIB) features enable the use of cost-effective bridges for connecting to FC SANs. InfiniBand's high bandwidth, low latency, dedicated I/O channels, QoS, and RDMA features can lower capital expenses and operating costs -- making it an excellent choice for storage and fabric consolidation.

Available with a complete suite of service deliverables including onsite installation and 24 x 7 support, Galaxy's RAID and NAS storage solutions can be purchased at and also through Bell Microproducts. Please visit or call 1-800-800-1513 for more information.

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based, interconnect products to world-class server, storage, and infrastructure OEMs servicing Fortune 500 data centers, the world's most powerful supercomputers, and mission critical embedded applications. The company's Virtual Protocol Interconnect™ (VPI) enables standard communication protocols to operate over any converged network (InfiniBand, Ethernet, Data Center Ethernet) with the same software solution. Utilizing proven networking, clustering, storage, virtualization and RDMA acceleration engines, VPI optimizes application performance, power consumption, workload agility, and total system efficiency while future-proofing IT infrastructure.

Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and Yokneam, Israel. For more information, visit Mellanox at

About Galaxy

Galaxy provides customers with the most cost-effective, scalable and easy to use purpose-built RAID storage solutions and NAS solutions available.

Galaxy RAID and NAS solutions are manufactured by Rorke Data Inc. All Galaxy solutions are delivered only after a rigorous test and approval process preformed by trained technical teams, and systems arrive to customers pre-formatted and ready to install. All systems are backed with a broad range of services including interoperability testing, complete system integration, and pre- and post-sales support. Galaxy has been successfully installed by thousands of customers in a wide variety of fields, from video editing to healthcare imaging. Galaxy RAID is an FDA registered device.

About Rorke Data

Founded in 1985, Rorke Data is both an ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003 certified data storage-centric, end-to-end solutions provider with expertise in primary and tiered storage architecture, integrating RAID, NAS, SAN, DVD, tape and optical libraries. Rorke leverages certified expertise in Linux, Windows and Mac platforms to deliver high bandwidth storage and network solutions for fixed and content-rich media application environments. Rorke's products are backed with comprehensive global professional services. Founded in 1985, Rorke Data is composed of four divisions: Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Video & Broadcast, Digital Prepress & Publishing, as well as a Technical & Professional Services division. More information about Rorke Data can be found at Rorke Data is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: BELM).

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