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BLADE Network Technologies

January 28, 2010 12:17 ET

TKCIS and BLADE Network Technologies Team Up to Deliver 10 Gigabit Ethernet Data Center Networking for the Federal Government

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - January 28, 2010) - TKC Integration Services (TKCIS), a leading federal government integrator, and BLADE Network Technologies Inc. (BLADE), the trusted leader in data center networking, announced today that TKCIS will deliver BLADE's RackSwitch 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet top-of-rack networking switches for procurement through the NASA SEWP IV government-wide acquisition contract ( Visit TKCIS and BLADE Network Technologies at AFCEA West, February 2-4, San Diego.

"BLADE's RackSwitch products are today's best-of-breed data center switches for enterprise computing, cloud computing and virtualization and are extremely popular across the commercial sector," said Joel A. Lipkin, general manager, TKCIS. "As a SEWP Prime Contract Holder, TKCIS is pleased to partner with BLADE Network Technologies to serve the rapidly growing demand for 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center networks for enterprise computing centers throughout the federal government."

BLADE Network Technologies is one of the top three providers of 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, according to Dell'Oro Group's 3Q09 Ethernet Switch Quarterly Report. BLADE's switches offer a 5x price-performance advantage, 10x latency advantage and greater than 60 percent lower power consumption advantage compared to other offerings, all while guaranteeing interoperability with existing network infrastructures.

"We're delighted that TKCIS has added the BLADE RackSwitch product family to its list," said Tracy Hickox, vice president of North American Sales, BLADE Network Technologies. "TKCIS is the ideal partner to deliver BLADE's RackSwitch products to any federal government agency seeking the performance, throughput and low-latency advantages of 10 Gigabit Ethernet required for enterprise-class computing, cloud computing and virtualization."

The NASA SEWP (Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement) GWAC (Government-Wide Acquisition Contract) provides the latest in Information Technology products for all Federal Agencies. The SEWP vision is "to be the premier customer-focused contract vehicle for federal government purchases of IT products." SEWP was recently named #1 in the "Federal IT King of the Contracts" MeriTalk survey, reaching 67 Federal Agencies including the Department of Defense and their authorized contractors with 3,100 contracting officers at 1,870 sites. SEWP consists of 38 Prime Contract Holders, including TKCIS. SEWP offers low prices that are generally below GSA schedule prices, the lowest surcharge (0.5%) and the easiest and fastest ordering procedure using pre-competed contracts.

About BLADE's RackSwitch

Priced at under $500 per 10 Gigabit Ethernet port, RackSwitch products leverage a new set of rules for the enterprise data center called "Rackonomics" to reduce the total cost of ownership of data center infrastructures, overcome network overload and enable scale-out data center economies. This enables data centers to standardize on a unified and affordable rack-level network infrastructure to provision and scale out HPC and virtualized data center environments. The industry's first green networking product, RackSwitch uses less power than two light bulbs and is uniquely designed to meet the needs of the dynamic data center, affordably and efficiently, allowing for virtual, cooler, easier data center networking.


TKC Integration Services (TKCIS) partners with hardware manufacturers, software developers, professional consultants, security and systems integration companies to deliver a wide spectrum of technology solutions needed by the federal government and DoD. Our dedication to superior results and customer service is the hallmark of our company. TKCIS is a Qivliq company. For more information, visit

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 Fabric Architecture. 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 7.5 million ports in production deployment, BLADE's proven fabric products connect millions of server and storage systems at over 9,000 enterprises in over 26 different industry verticals, including 350 of the Fortune 500. Visit: Twitter: @BLADENetwork.

BLADE Network Technologies, the BLADE logo, BLADEHarmony, FabricHarmony, RackSwitch, RackSwitch Solution Partner, SmartConnect, Smart Server Control, VMready, vNIC and NMotion are trademarks of BLADE Network Technologies. All other names or marks are property of their respective owners.

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    Maxine Bingham
    BLADE Network Technologies
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    Zee Zaballos
    ZNA Communications
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    Jet Defensor
    TKC Integration Services, LLC
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