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Colfax International Offers Two New Low-Cost HPC Cluster Computing Bundles
Posted by Manish Shah, Wednesday August 12 2009 @ 12:12PM EDT

Sunnyvale, Calif. – August 12, 2009 - Colfax International, a leading provider of fully-customizable, high-performance computing solutions, today announced the availability of two new low-cost HPC cluster computing bundles, which include InfiniBand switches and adapters provided by Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX; TASE: MLNX), and Platform Computing’s Platform Cluster Manager.

The new bundles improve application performance and productivity in enterprise and high-performance data centers by adding 20Gb/s and 40Gb/s InfiniBand connectivity and simplify cluster operation through a fully integrated software stack.

The bundles will enable more companies to take advantage of the performance, low-latency and efficiency benefits of InfiniBand and the ease-of-use provided by Platform Cluster Manager.

Platform Cluster Manager is a complete cluster lifecycle management solution that allows a user to build a cluster in hours versus weeks. The technology enables users to quickly provision/install the cluster, monitor cluster resources, update software and drivers, analyze the cluster, optimize the performance, and expand the cluster.

“Today’s economic realities are placing a premium on value and efficiency from high-performance computing technology," said Gautam Shah, CEO, Colfax International. "With these new HPC cluster computing bundles, Colfax in partnership with Mellanox and Platform are changing the value proposition. Organizations can now benefit from a powerful, efficient and affordable portfolio of InfiniBand products and services that help put them on the fast track to efficiency.”

Colfax International will offer two InfiniBand switch/HCA/cable and Platform Cluster Manager bundles: 1) 20Gb/s InfiniBand bundle: 1 Flextronics 24-port 20Gb/s InfiniBand switch, 12 single-port InfiniHost® III Lx 20Gb/s InfiniBand adapters, and 12 Mellanox 2 meters long, copper cables with CX4 connectors. Price: $5,999 (Optional 12 node bundle of Platform Cluster Manager 1 Year ClusterCare: $1,399)

2) 40Gb/s InfiniBand bundle: 1 Mellanox MTS3600 36-port switch, 8 single-port ConnectX® 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapters, and 8 Mellanox 2 meters long, copper cables with QSFP connectors. Price: $9,995 (Optional 8 node bundle of Platform Cluster Manager 1 Year ClusterCare: $999)

“Colfax’s 20 and 40Gb/s bundles with Mellanox end-to-end InfiniBand connectivity and Platform Cluster Manager provide business with an efficient solution and delivers, in many cases, an increase of over 100% application performance,” said Gilad Shainer, director of HPC marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “Colfax InfiniBand solutions can help users to significantly increase their system utilization, reduce time-to-market, and increase their engineering simulation capability.”

"Platform is excited to work with Mellanox and Colfax on these product offerings," said Tripp Purvis, vice president, business development, Platform Computing. "By combining the extreme performance of InfiniBand with a comprehensive and easy-to-use cluster management stack, Colfax is enabling engineers and researchers to produce results in significantly less time."

In January 2008, Colfax announced its first bundle, the 10Gb/s InfiniBand bundle which also uses Mellanox’s InfiniBand technology.

For more information on the Colfax 10, 20, and 40Gb/s InfiniBand bundles, go to: www.colfaxdirect.com.

About Mellanox Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage that optimize data center performance. Mellanox products deliver market-leading bandwidth, performance, scalability, power conservation and cost-effectiveness while converging multiple legacy network technologies into one future-proof solution. For the best in performance and scalability, Mellanox is the choice for Fortune 500 data centers and the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam, Israel. For more information, visit Mellanox at www.mellanox.com.

About Platform Computing Platform Computing is the leader in grid and cloud computing software that dynamically connects IT resources to workload demand according to business policies. Over 2,000 of the world’s largest organizations rely on our solutions to improve IT productivity and reduce data center costs. Building on 17 years of market leadership, Platform continues to help data centers be more efficient, responsive and dynamic. Visit www.platform.com.

About Colfax International Colfax International is a leading provider of customized workstations, servers, clusters and storage solutions, engineered for high performance, reliability, and ease of deployment. Founded in 1987, Colfax International is based in Sunnyvale, California and is privately held. For more information, please visit www.colfax-intl.com.

Mellanox, ConnectX, InfiniBlast, InfiniBridge, InfiniHost, InfiniRISC, InfiniScale, and InfiniPCI are registered trademarks of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. BridgeX and Virtual Protocol Interconnect are trademarks of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Contact: Manish Shah Colfax International Public Relations manish@colfax-intl.com 408-730-2275

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