Colfax International and Mellanox Technologies Introduce Hadoop Appliance for the High Performance Analytics Market

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Colfax Hadoop Appliance enabled by Mellanox’s High-Bandwidth, Low-latency FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solution delivers record performance for analytics users

Colfax International, a leading provider of high performance computing solutions, today unveiled the joint demonstration of a high performance Hadoop appliance over Mellanox end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solution during Supercomputing 2012 at Mellanox booth #1531.

Colfax’s Hadoop appliance provides users with the best in class performance and ease of use, in one consolidated solution. Featuring Intel® Xeon® E5 processor based servers and Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand, it provides the needed throughput required for highest performance analytical tools based on the Apache™ Hadoop® framework. The appliance approach provides customers a fast and trouble-free entry to the Hadoop analytics market. Scalability and performance are kept on a linear growth path, enabling customers to build various sized clusters.

Using Mellanox’s Unstructured Data Accelerator (UDA) enhances the Hadoop appliance performance by nearly 50 percent, providing data analysts with near real-time processing power. UDA brings RDMA capabilities into the Hadoop framework, enabling efficient data transfer and lower CPU overhead. The UDA package is an open source plugin tool to the Apache™ Hadoop® Map Reduce frame work.

Benchmarking conducted on a 5 node cluster, using 100GB Terasort benchmark, yielded runtime completion in 315 seconds without UDA, and 234 seconds with UDA. These results are up to 51 percent faster than any other solution using 10GbE network gear.

“Colfax Hadoop appliance will help customers overcome the perception that the big data analytics technology is hard to deploy and achieve business value,” says Gautam Shah, CEO of Colfax International. “With an ideal balance of performance, scalability and price, the Colfax Hadoop appliance enables organizations to overcome the barriers to big data analytics, providing a perfect platform to extract the most value from their data.”

Key features of Colfax Hadoop appliance include:

  •     Tuned and integrated complete Hadoop solution
  •     Unparalleled analytics performance
  •     Leveraging RDMA based interconnect for higher CPU utilization
  •     Scales to multiple racks while maintaining linear performance growth

“We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Colfax and bring Mellanox's InfiniBand performance benefits to the Hadoop and Big Data market,” said Gilad Shainer, VP, Market Development at Mellanox Technologies. “Using high bandwidth, low latency InfiniBand, brings new capabilities to contemporary analytics applications.”

Colfax and Mellanox will demonstrate the Hadoop appliance at SC12 show in the Mellanox booth #1531.

About Colfax International
Colfax International is a global provider of customized workstations, servers, clusters, storage and personal supercomputing solutions. Founded in 1987, Colfax International is based in Sunnyvale, California and is privately held. For more information, please visit

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About Mellanox
Mellanox Technologies ) is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at

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For further information, contact:

Manish Shah
Colfax International Public Relations

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