Re/code states IBM's SoftLayer cloud infrastructure/Web hosting unit is adding support for InfiniBand server interconnects. Mellanox (MLNX +2.4%), which supplies InfiniBand switches and adapter cards to IBM's server unit, has caught a bid in response.
A SoftLayer exec notes InfiniBand, used by 222 of the world's 500 most powerful supercomputers, could appeal to clients who need to move huge data volumes at high speeds - for example, ones running analytics software or processing large amounts of scientific data. "Were seeing a lot of interest in moving more complex workloads to our cloud, and our customers want more powerful infrastructure."
With few cloud infrastructure providers currently supporting InfiniBand, IBM's move could spark broader adoption. The news comes ahead of Mellanox's Thursday Q2 report.