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BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies

April 19, 2010 05:30 ET

BLADE Network Technologies and Voltaire Partner to Deliver Industry's Highest-Density 10 Gigabit Ethernet Fabric Solution

Combined Solution Enables Massively Scalable Low-Latency, Virtualization-Aware Fabrics With More Than 3,400 10 Gigabit Ports for World's Largest Data Centers

SANTA CLARA, CA and CHELMSFORD, MA and RA'ANANA, ISRAEL--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) - BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE), the trusted leader in data center networking, and Voltaire Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOLT), a leading provider of scale-out data center fabrics, today announced that the two companies have partnered to deliver the industry's highest-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) data center switch fabrics. Based on Voltaire's Vantage™ 8500 Layer 2 core switches and BLADE's RackSwitch™ G8124 top-of-rack switch, customers relying on ultra low-latency server and CEE-capable storage connectivity can now build flat data center fabrics of more than 3,400 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports with non-blocking, lossless switch capacity of 11.52 Terabits per second.

The massively scalable Voltaire-BLADE solution provides end-to-end latency of only 2.4 microseconds. Alternative switching solutions can dramatically impede performance, injecting up to 16x more latency or up to 10 to 40 microseconds. The Voltaire-BLADE solution is also optimized with Voltaire Messaging Accelerator™ (VMA™) software for Ethernet which reduces application latency even further, creating a measurable competitive advantage for customers in fields such as high frequency trading.

The solution also leverages additional software offerings from both Voltaire and BLADE to enable management of virtualized data centers and cloud environments. Voltaire's new Unified Fabric Manager™ (UFM™) 3.0 software orchestrates end-to-end virtual machine connectivity and centrally manages multi-vendor Ethernet fabric resources in the unified environment consisting of Voltaire's Vantage 8500 and BLADE's RackSwitch G8124. This solution also features BLADE's unique VMready™ for virtualization-aware networking that automatically moves network policies as Virtual Machines move. The solution supports FCoE/CEE standards so customers can build the industry's most scalable converged data and storage networks.

The combined solution is cross-certified by Voltaire and BLADE for availability through leading data center server OEMs. The two companies maintain long-standing OEM relationships with data center leaders such as IBM, HP, NEC and SGI.

"Unified fabrics and flat network topologies designed for end-to-end performance hold great promise for enterprises seeking to achieve top efficiency for their critical business applications and server virtualization environments," said Lucinda Borovick, research vice president, Datacenter Networks, IDC. "Datacenter customers benefit with the ability to choose the most effective platform for the environment when providers such as BLADE Network Technologies and Voltaire jointly validate best practice designs."

"Cross-certifying Voltaire's core switch and software with BLADE's top-of-rack switch creates an end-to-end solution with unsurpassed port density and ultra low latency that enables customers to leverage Ethernet economics without sacrificing performance or scalability," said Ronnie Kenneth, chairman and CEO of Voltaire. "Moreover, using our new Unified Fabric Manager software, enterprise data center managers can automatically configure Voltaire and BLADE fabric resources as services are added or mobilized across the data center."

"We are pleased to team up with Voltaire to deliver a massively scalable and extremely high-density networking environment for enterprises seeking the fastest end-to-end network performance combined with the cost of ownership advantages only possible with a multi-vendor solution from trusted providers," said Vikram Mehta, president and CEO of BLADE Network Technologies. "Fabric-based computing is the wave of the future, and now we are delivering a unified network fabric that combines the essential network elements from two companies with vast Fortune 500 enterprise experience in scale-out data center networking and high-performance computing."

About the Voltaire-BLADE 3,400-Port Intelligent 10GbE Switch Fabric Solution
State-of-the-art data center networks must scale from hundreds to a few thousand ports, driving the requirement for high-capacity, non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches. The Voltaire-BLADE solution delivers the unique capability to enable simplified, flat, scale-out fabrics. By clustering up to twelve Voltaire Vantage 8500 core switches together with BLADE RackSwitch G8124 top-of-rack switches, a customer can expand a data center to many thousands of servers while preserving the same efficiency and price-per-port, without degrading performance or latency like traditional hierarchical network designs.

Voltaire's Vantage 8500 switch and VMA software are available now from Voltaire (contact:, and BLADE's RackSwitch and VMready are available now from BLADE Network Technologies (contact: Voltaire's Unified Fabric Manager 3.0 software is available at the end of Q2 2010. 

About BLADE Network Technologies
BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE) is the industry's leading provider of network fabrics for high-performance data centers. Its Ethernet 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.

About Voltaire
Voltaire (NASDAQ: VOLT) is a leading provider of scale-out computing fabrics for data centers, high performance computing and cloud environments. Voltaire's family of server and storage fabric switches and advanced management software improve performance of mission-critical applications, increase efficiency and reduce costs through infrastructure consolidation and lower power consumption. Used by more than 30 percent of the Fortune 100 and other premier organizations across many industries, including many of the TOP500 supercomputers, Voltaire products are included in server and blade offerings from Bull, HP, IBM, NEC, SGI and Sun. Founded in 1997, Voltaire is headquartered in Ra'anana, Israel and Chelmsford, Massachusetts. More information is available at or by calling 1-800-865-8247.

Forward-Looking Statements
Information provided in this press release may contain statements relating to current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about future events that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally relate to Voltaire's plans, objectives and expectations for future operations and are based upon management's current estimates and projections of future results or trends. They also include third-party projections regarding expected industry growth rates. Actual future results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These factors include, but are not limited to, those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Voltaire's annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2009. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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