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Voltaire Supports OFED, Novell

BILLERICA, Mass. and HERZELIYA, Israel -- Voltaire Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOLT), a leading provider of grid backbone solutions for data centers, today announced a new customer support model whereby the company will provide support services to customers using Open Fabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) regardless of the brand of InfiniBand hardware used by the customer. Novell is the first customer to take advantage of the new offering.

OFED, a necessary component for operating InfiniBand-based fabrics, is a packaged version of the OpenFabrics Alliances open-source software. It supports server interconnect and storage connectivity using RDMA-based InfiniBand and iWARP fabrics in Linux environments. The OFED software is integrated into major versions of Linux distributions from Novell and Red Hat. Voltaire has been a lead developer for OpenFabrics since its inception and contributes updates to the software on a continuous basis.

“Voltaire has provided top-tier global support services to our customers since the company was founded and we believe it’s one of our core strengths,” said Asaf Somekh, vice president of strategic alliances, Voltaire. “This new support model allows us to provide full end-to-end support leveraging our expertise from the software to the switch hardware. Now, customers covered by a Voltaire support contract through our OEMs, resellers and partners can obtain Level 3 support for OFED regardless of whether they use InfiniBand switches from Voltaire or third party vendors.”

Voltaire Inc.