InfiniBand switch maker Voltaire had a pretty terrible thirteen weeks in the first quarter, with sales down 53.6 per cent to $7.7m, and even after driving up gross margins the company reported an operating loss of $5.9m, more than double the operating loss from the year-ago quarter. Net losses increased to $6.1m, up from a $5.5m …
Maybe infiniband isn't that important
Maybe the reason that IBM and HP arent buying it is that they've looked at Hadoopc clustering and looked forward to what will happen when the off-node datarates are 10GB, and you don't really need infiniband -or indeed SAN- in your datacentre.
It's not just bandwidth
IB provides very low latency that the Financial Services firms, HPC, and Research always needs. 10Gig is orders of magnitude "slower" although it is getting better.
Also, IB is still about 50% cheaper then 10Gig. If you consider that IB has X4 bandwidth, then IB is 80-90% cheaper per GB the 10Gig.
Voltaire is well positioned for both IB and 10Gig market and now that Cisco is burned, Volt has a great opportunity to work with big players.
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