Blade Simplifies Management

Blade Network Technologies simplifies management of blade- and rack-level network environments

August 5, 2008

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SAN FRANCISCO -- BLADE Network Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in network virtualization and high-performance solutions for servers and storage, today announced its new BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0 management software. Using BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0, data center administrators can easily and efficiently manage and monitor thousands of BLADE Network Technologies’ 1Gb and 10Gb blade switches within HP BladeSystems, IBM BladeCenters, and NEC SIGMABLADEs, as well as BLADE’s own top-of-rack RackSwitch family.

BLADEHarmony™ Manager 3.0’s unified management provides a comprehensive replicable data center view of I/O, with single-click updates to thousands of BLADE’s embedded and top-of-rack switches. It also extends the capabilities of traditional Element Management Schema by complementing and integrating easily with existing management systems, such as HP Systems Insight Manager and IBM Director.

BLADE will demonstrate the capabilities of BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0 in booth 726 at the 2008 Next Generation Data Center (NGDC/LinuxWorld Conference and Expo), August 4-7, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. In addition, a free trial version of BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0 is available for download for a limited time at:

BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0 provides an easy-to-use, Web-based management interface designed for the data center administrator. From any browser, administrators can connect to BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0’s centralized server to easily provision the I/O for an entire rack, independently managing I/O capacity on behalf of servers and storage. They also can detect switch-based failures instantly and take corrective action.

BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0 Features and BenefitsBLADEHarmony 3.0 enables data center administrators to configure, monitor, and manage blade switches in a single chassis or across large blade server deployments from a centralized point of administration to improve service delivery while reducing management costs. Major features and benefits include:

  • Client-server architecture.

  • Web-based GUI for simplified device configuration, monitoring, and fault management.

  • Integration with industry-leading Enterprise Management Systems (such as HP Systems Insight Manager and IBM Director).

  • Customizable reporting of detailed asset, operational, and performance information.

  • Automated and scheduled software downloads, configuration updates/backups, switch reboots, and so on.

“BLADEHarmony Manager 3.0 provides new capabilities in our innovative Rackonomics approach for reducing total cost of ownership and simplifying management of scaled-out data centers,” said Dan Tuchler, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy, BLADE Network Technologies. “Managing thousands of BLADE Network Technologies embedded and top-of-rack switches is now as easy as a click of a mouse.”

Blade Network Technologies Inc.

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