Microsoft makes a scale-out play, and Cisco Infiniband is in the mix

Microsoft is buying DATAllegro for, in essence, its data warehouse scale-out technology.  And guess what?  DATAllegro relies on Infiniband.  The last time I looked, DATAllegro's Infiniband supplier was Cisco.

Googling around, I get the impression that Microsoft has been up and down with Infiniband.  First they sponsored Infiniband.  Then they pulled back in 2002.  But in 2007 and 2008 Microsoft has been talking about partnerships of some kind with small Infiniband providers.

All that said:  Microsoft/DATAllegro will surely support many more hardware/storage/networking configurations than standalone little DATAllegro now runs on.  Not all of these will include Infiniband (think 10GbE).  And not all the Infiniband will be Cisco.

Join the Network World communities on Facebook and LinkedIn to comment on topics that are top of mind.
Related:
Must read: Hidden Cause of Slow Internet and how to fix it
Notice to our Readers
We're now using social media to take your comments and feedback. Learn more about this here.