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HP Gets Blade Switch

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- BLADE Network Technologies Inc. (BLADE), the leading provider of network switching infrastructure for blade servers, announced its new Layer 2/3 blade switch for HP BladeSystem c-Class featuring high-performance, "in system" switching and routing across 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Equipped with four SFP module cages for optional fiber uplinks, BLADE's HP GbE2c Layer 2/3 Ethernet Blade Switch offers exceptional security and wire-speed store-and-forward switching at an economical price, and seamlessly integrates an HP BladeSystem into any Ethernet network infrastructure. To prevent traffic from unnecessary exposure to the outside network, the GbE2c Layer 2/3 switch utilizes IP Forwarding within HP BladeSystem. Another in a series of industry firsts for BLADE, this enables network traffic to be forwarded between VLANs without the need for an external router or Layer 3 switch. The BLADE switch can eliminate up to 94 percent of cabling compared to other connection options and provides significant power savings over external chassis-based switches, dramatically reducing data center costs and complexity.

Blade Network Technologies Inc.