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Blade, IBM Team

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- BLADE Network Technologies
Inc. (BLADE), the leading provider of network switching infrastructure for
blade servers, announced that its 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) switch for
blade servers will be available as a key component of IBM BladeCenter HT.
Equipped with BLADE's 10GE switches, an IBM BladeCenter HT system, a
NEBS/ETSI-compliant blade server chassis with a 1.2Tbps backplane, now
becomes an ideal solution for telecommunications service providers offering
IPTV and other quadruple-play services consisting of voice, video, data and
wireless for today's broadband households.

IBM BladeCenter HT equipped with BLADE 10GE switches is the ideal
standards-based solution for provisioning Next Generation Network
(NGN) broadband applications such as IPTV that require the IP Multimedia
Subsystem (IMS) to equip carrier-grade networks.
Alternatively, IBM BladeCenter HT with BLADE's native IP networking can be
used by telecommunications service providers that see the advantages of
using the open Internet for SIP and XML communications in less complex
network topologies that can reduce costs, overcome the problems of
internetworking between alternative protocols and remove duplication of
underlying IP routing systems.

"The relationship with BLADE helps IBM address telecommunications providers'
pressing imperative to introduce and equip new, revenue-generating services
on a most cost-effective platform," said Jim Pertzborn, Vice President,
Telecommunications Industry, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "BLADE's new
10 Gigabit Ethernet switch is an essential component of IBM's Virtual Fabric
Architecture for BladeCenter, enabling a lower-cost, high-volume alternative
to far more expensive telecommunications-specific systems. With BLADE's 10GE
networking, IBM BladeCenter can enable Next Generation Network topologies
without adding additional complexity."

Blade Network Technologies Inc.

IBM Corp.