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Voltaire Announces Vantage 8500 Ethernet Switch

BILLERICA, Mass. and RA'ANANA, Israel - June 8, 2009 -Voltaire Ltd., a leading provider of scale-out data center fabrics, today announced the Vantage 8500, a high-performance, high density, scale-out, Layer 2 core 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch optimized for enterprise data centers and cloud computing environments. The Voltaire Vantage 8500 is the industry's largest non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching platform and enables users to benefit from new levels of efficiency, scalability and lower latency, while simplifying and consolidating network tiers to lower infrastructure expenses.

The Voltaire Vantage 8500 features 288 wire speed, 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports in a 15U high chassis making it the world's largest non-blocking Ethernet data center switch. The switch features a unique scale-out stacking option enabling more than 3,400 non-blocking ports in a single switching fabric for scalability that is far beyond any alternative solution in the market. Future versions of the switch are expected to include even denser line cards for higher port counts. The Vantage 8500 is based on converged enhanced Ethernet (CEE) technology to provide InfiniBand-like capabilities to the data center such as a lossless switching fabric, multi-pathing, virtualization, fabric-wide congestion management and QoS.

The increasing adoption of virtualization is driving the need for new data center network architectures that offer improved I/O bandwidth without adding extra tiers and oversubscription to the network. The Vantage 8500's unique scale-out design delivers important advantages to data centers implementing virtualization by enabling predictable, consistent 10 Gb/s throughput. The switch supports industry standard servers, third-party switches, and leading management and virtualization solutions. It is interoperable with both 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet solutions for easy integration with existing data centers and mixed environments.

"Large data centers, particularly those leveraging server virtualization, are migrating to a two tier, (top of rack and core) network architecture," said Joe Skorupa, Research VP Enterprise Networks, Gartner, Inc. "This approach is driving the need for large capacity, non-blocking 10GigE core switches that cost effectively support large (thousands of ports) layer 2 mesh networks."

The Voltaire Vantage 8500 has a unique capability to enable simplified, flat, scale-out fabrics. By clustering up to twelve Vantage 8500 switches together, a customer can expand their data center to many thousands of servers while preserving the same efficiency and price-per-port, without degrading the performance or latency like traditional hierarchical network designs. Other unique capabilities include dynamic traffic and congestion management based on Voltaire custom silicon that enables increased fabric utilization, true lossless behavior, extensive monitoring, and IEEE DCB (Data Center Bridging) compliance.

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