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Blade Intros Transceivers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- BLADE Network
Technologies Inc. (BLADE), the leading provider of network switching
infrastructure to the blade server market, today announced the
availability of two new XFP transceivers for BLADE's embedded 10
Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) switch modules for blade servers from BLADE
partners HP and IBM.

The BLADE 10GBase-CX4 XFP module supports link spans up to 15 meters
for short reach connectivity of blade server enclosures. The CX4 XFP
module is the lowest cost transceiver in the XFP pluggable form
factor for blade servers equipped with 10 Gigabit Ethernet links. For
blade networking applications such as IPTV, Video on Demand (VoD) and
Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming (MMOG) that require maximum
bandwidth and throughput, the BLADE CX4 XFP module provides the most
attractive combination of high performance and low cost for blade
server networking in the industry-standard pluggable form factor.

According to CIR, a market research and consulting firm, in its
report entitled, "The Market for 10-G and 40-G Modules and Components:
2005-2013," the market for 10 Gbps ports on telecommunications and
data communications equipment will grow from $2.1 billion in 2006 to
$4.8 billion by 2010. This will represent growth from 221,000 ports
to 1.6 million ports shipped over the same period, with blade servers
equipped for 10 Gigabit Ethernet fueling this growth and adoption
just as earlier Ethernet technologies proceeded into the "mass
market" deployment phase.

The BLADE 10Gb Ethernet XFP Optical Transceiver supports link spans
up to 300 meters and functions as the interface between the physical
layer and the data link layer in high-density datacenter
applications, local area networks (LANs), and iSCSI storage area
networks (SANs). Key features of both XFP modules include:

  • Affordable: Lower cost means smaller capital budgets for 10Gb
  • Reliable: Quality tested specifically for use in BLADE's 10Gb Ethernet
    switch modules, and backed by a 1 year warranty. Extended warranty
    also available.
  • Up-to-Spec: Compliant with industry standards such as MSA.
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