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BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies

November 24, 2009 08:00 ET

Vikram Mehta, BLADE Network Technologies Founder and CEO, Named Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year® 2009 National Finalist in Emerging Category

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - November 24, 2009) - Vikram Mehta, founder, president and CEO of BLADE Network Technologies Inc. (BLADE) was named a national finalist for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Emerging category. Ernst & Young's program recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, high-growth businesses on a regional, national and global level. The national award finalists were announced at an awards gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 14 in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young 2009 Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of business, community and academic leaders.

"The talent and company achievements that the Entrepreneur Of The Year program represents are staggering," said Vikram Mehta, president and CEO, BLADE Network Technologies. "This is truly an honor that recognizes the passion and commitment of our entire team of BLADERs to delighting customers and developing innovative networking solutions for enterprises in a highly competitive industry. The E&Y program encourages entrepreneurs to believe in themselves and follow their dreams."

Now in its 23rd year, The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. "The Entrepreneur Of The Year® award recognizes the importance of entrepreneurs," said Larry Haynes, Americas Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year®, Ernst & Young LLP. "Our economy depends on these entrepreneurs. They build businesses, support their local communities and drive innovation and development in the economy at large."

Mehta was recognized as one of the four national finalists in the Emerging category for companies in any industry that are less than five years old and the only Northern California finalist in the national competition. Out of 1700 nominations throughout the US and Canada, approximately 400 regional award recipients were chosen, and only four were then chosen as the national winners in 10 categories. Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone Inc. was named the overall national winner. Dallin A. Larsen of MonaVie was named the national winner in the Emerging category. In addition to Vikram Mehta, the other finalists in Emerging were Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud, founder and CEO of Boston-Power, Inc., and Barry Silbert, founder and CEO of SecondMarket, Inc. This honor places Vikram Mehta in the top 40 entrepreneurs for North America.

As BLADE's president and CEO, Mehta leads one of the Silicon Valley's fastest-growing companies. Mehta brings to BLADE over 20 years of global experience in the technology industry and has been at the helm of the company since its inception in 2006. The national award recognizes Mehta's "if it's not impossible, it's not worth doing" and "never give up" approach, which has fueled his determination to establish BLADE as an emerging global leader in data center networking. His visionary leadership and "no barriers, only solutions" philosophy have propelled BLADE to become the industry's number-one provider of blade server networking and one of the leading suppliers of 10 Gigabit Ethernet "cloud-ready" enterprise data center switches.

BLADE provides network infrastructure for next generation data centers -- where virtual-machine awareness, ultra-high performance, extremely low and deterministic latency, simplified deployment and management, low cost, and energy efficiency are of paramount importance. BLADE's networking products are essential for the delivery of cloud computing applications. BLADE's network switches and feature-rich software, which are sold through major data center players including IBM, HP, NEC, Netezza, SGI and Verari Systems, as well as through distributors, are installed in over 300 of the Fortune 500.

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Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards are pleased to have SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as national sponsors.

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

About BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE) is the leading provider of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet cloud-ready networking solutions for dynamic, enterprise data centers worldwide. In addition to its innovative OEM blade switches, and SmartConnect with VMready virtualization and BLADEHarmony Manager software, BLADE's "Virtual, Cooler, Easier" RackSwitch family enables "Rackonomics" -- an efficient approach for scaling out data center networks to drive down total cost of ownership. BLADE's customers include more than 300 of the Fortune 500 across 26 industry segments, representing nearly 7 million switch ports connecting over 2 million servers and storage systems in data centers around the globe. Visit: Twitter: @BLADENetwork.

BLADE Network Technologies, the BLADE logo, BLADEHarmony, RackSwitch, RackSwitch Solution Partner, SmartConnect and VMready are trademarks of BLADE Network Technologies. All other trademarks and copyrights are owned by their respective owners.

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