SOURCE: BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies

May 04, 2010 09:32 ET

BLADE Network Technologies Delivers Next-Generation VMready Switches for the Big Leap to Virtual Machine-Aware Networking Across Data Centers

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) -   BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BLADE), the trusted leader in data center networking, announced today that its VMready™ capable Ethernet switches can now manage thousands of Virtual Machines (VMs) across massively scalable data center networks. BLADE's VMready with its unique NMotion™ capability is the industry's first and only VM mobility solution that detects VM migrations as they occur, across all vSphere license levels, and works on physical switches without proprietary packet tagging. BLADE VMready Ethernet switches work seamlessly with VMware vCenter™ Server to manage VMware vNetwork distributed virtual switches, linking VMs to the physical network's policies and profiles.

"Virtual machine mobility is an important tool for optimizing data center performance, availability and efficiency," said Joe Skorupa, research vice president, Networking and Communications, Data Center, Gartner. "However, to ensure consistent performance and security, network connectivity and policies must automatically migrate with the VMs."

BLADE's VMready addresses the issues of scalability, vendor lock-in, need to purchase a replacement virtual switch and infrastructure disruption. BLADE VMready automatically preserves security, performance and access policies as VMs migrate across data centers. Used in conjunction with Layer 2 tunneling, and BLADEHarmony Manager 5.0, VMready enables VMs to migrate across and even between data centers in a Layer 2 network consisting of 100,000 or more VMs.

In a customer proof of concept, BLADE Network Technologies and Juniper Networks recently demonstrated VMready's ability to migrate VMs and move their associated network policies automatically between data centers using BLADE RackSwitch G8124 and a secure, standards-based Juniper core network that delivers low latency.

BLADE also announced today the industry's first "pure play" Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) top-of-rack switch. BLADE's RackSwitch™ G8124 now includes new lossless CEE enhancements with BLADEOS 6.3 for high-performance IP storage and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) at no extra charge.

"BLADE Network Technologies believes 2010 will be the year of the VM-aware network as enterprises move to revamp their data centers to prepare for massive virtualization," said Tim Shaughnessy, vice president of Marketing, BLADE Network Technologies. "Networking vendors are taking vastly different approaches to equipping data center networks for the demands of virtualization. BLADE uniquely offers data centers a new, open and automated solution, that doesn't consume server overhead, slow down network performance, require proprietary packet tagging that works only in VMware environments or necessitate an expensive overhaul of existing VMware environments."

"Customers building private cloud environments depend on networking solutions that are optimized for virtualization," said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances, VMware. "VMready integrates with VMware vCenter™ Server, enabling customers to configure the network configurations of virtual machines on both VMware vSphere™ vSwitches and physical VMready switches to help ensure network security, quality of service and proper configurations are implemented to increase efficiency, performance and reliability."

About VMready
VMready is a set of VM-aware extensions in BLADEOS that enables networks to be Virtual Machine aware, and allows ports to be configured and managed as virtual rather than physical ports, simplifying management and conserving CPU cycles for applications.

VMready with NMotion manages the distribution of network policies in real-time whenever VMs migrate. NMotion can identify and then track VMs as they move, ensuring that the underlying services not only remain available but also retain their network personality characteristics of ACLs, QoS and VLAN membership.

VMready works with all popular virtualization technologies, including VMware vSphere™, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Linux KVM and Oracle VM. VMready will support the IEEE's emerging standards, such as 802.1Qbg and 802.1Qbh for Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregator (VEPA) and Virtual Edge Bridging (VEB).

"VMready integrates with BLADE Ethernet switches to provide additional functionality such as Virtual Machine awareness and stacking," said Madam Hélène Sol, IT director (Directrice Adjointe en charge des Systèmes d'Information), Centre Hospitalier d'Avignon, France. "BLADE VMready eliminates the need for manual reconfiguration of network settings whenever Virtual Machines move from blade server to blade server, which means we can gain the benefits of virtualization without introducing security vulnerabilities or additional administration complexity for our patient records database."

BLADE VMready, BLADEHarmony Manager and BLADEOS are key elements of BLADE's Unified FabricArchitecture™ (UFA), which provides a faster, virtual and proven data center networking platform that allows customers to tie together best-of-breed servers, storage, hypervisors and core networking systems. BLADE's UFA products enable "Rackonomics" to radically reduce the cost and complexity of deploying physical and virtual data center infrastructure.

BLADE's VMready is available now with BLADEOS for BLADE's BNT 1/10Gb Ethernet Switch Module and BNT Virtual Fabric 10G Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter, the HP 1:10Gb Ethernet BL-c Switch for HP BladeSystem, and BLADE's RackSwitch G8000 and G8124 top-of-rack switches. BLADE's 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch products also include lossless CEE enhancements for high-performance IP storage and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). For more information, visit BLADEHarmony Manager 5.0 is available in May, for a free trial, download from:

About BLADE Network Technologies
BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE) is the industry's leading provider of network fabrics for high-performance data centers. Its blade switches, top-of-rack RackSwitch™, VMready™ network virtualization software and Smart Server Control™ software are key elements of the company's Unified FabricArchitecture™. BLADE's "Rackonomics" approach makes it simple for businesses to rapidly deploy and configure massive amounts of server and storage infrastructure, interconnect the various infrastructure elements, virtualize the infrastructure to maximize efficiency and utilization and easily manage the infrastructure to achieve the most optimal TCO. With over 8 million ports in production deployment, BLADE's proven fabric products connect millions of server and storage systems at over 9,500 enterprises in over 26 different industry verticals, including 350 of the Fortune 500. Visit: Twitter: @BLADENetwork.

BLADE Network Technologies, the BLADE logo, BLADEHarmony, BLADEOS, FabricHarmony, RackSwitch, RackSwitch Solution Partner, SmartConnect, Smart Server Control, VMready, vNIC, NMotion and Unified FabricArchitecture are trademarks of BLADE Network Technologies. VMware, VMware vCenter and VMware vSphere are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other names or marks are property of their respective owners.

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