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IBM, Blade Team on FCoE-Ready 10 Gigabit Ethernet Blade Switch

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - INTEROP LAS VEGAS 2009 - BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BLADE), the trusted leader in data center networking, announced today its new 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch for IBM BladeCenter, the industry's first converged networking switch for blade servers. The new 24-port all-10G or 1/10G BLADE switch equips network environments to support BLADE's Cloud Ready Network Architecture with a single fabric for data and storage, 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of data center connectivity and up to 480Gbps of extremely low-latency bi-directional throughput.

The BLADE switch performs at 10G line-rate throughput with no packet loss as required by Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) standards for open unified networking. BLADE's newest switch for IBM BladeCenter consumes less power than a standard light bulb -- up to 75 percent less than external switches -- and will support BLADE's SmartConnect??? with VMready??? software for the dynamic migration of "live" virtual machines in Q3 2009. Hybrid 1/10G server and uplink connectivity protects investments in existing Gigabit Ethernet servers and uplinks so data centers can migrate to 10 Gigabit Ethernet as requirements demand.

The new BLADE switch will be showcased for the first time at BLADE's booth 1175 at Interop, May 18-21, 2009, in Las Vegas.

"IBM's work with BLADE has resulted in world-class networking products for our BladeCenter customers, including BLADE's industry-first blade switch for converged data and storage networks," said Alex Yost, vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "BLADE's new 10GbE switch for IBM BladeCenter provides our clients with the ultimate investment protection, while helping them reduce operating and capital expenses."

"Our new BLADE switch enables enterprises to take an open approach to unifying their data and storage networks without requiring an over-engineered solution that calls for them to rip out and replace their existing data center infrastructures," said Vikram Mehta, President and CEO, BLADE Network Technologies. "BLADE, one of the industry's top three providers of 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches*, has provided the essential data center networking for almost one million IBM servers to date. Now, our new 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch for IBM BladeCenter enables enterprises to deploy a Cloud Ready network while reducing switch costs by up to 50 percent, cabling costs by up to 90 percent and energy costs by up to 75 percent, along with an easy transition from 1G to 10G Ethernet."

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