SOURCE: BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies

October 13, 2010 08:00 ET

BLADE Boosts Web 2.0 Portal Performance at Major European Insurance Firm, MMA

MMA's Network Benefits From BLADE's 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switches and VMready Network Virtualisation Software to Deliver Faster Response Times, More Effective Traffic Management and Sophisticated Security Capabilities

LE MANS, FRANCE--(Marketwire - October 13, 2010) - BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE), the data centre switching and network virtualisation company, announced today that it has successfully deployed its BNT Virtual Fabric 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10Gb) Switch Modules and BLADE VMready Virtual-Machine aware network virtualisation software in the data centre of MMA IARD Assurances Mutuelles, one of Europe's leading insurance companies.

Headquartered in Le Mans, France, MMA is a multi-specialist insurance group which targets individuals, professionals, businesses, communities and associations. The company has over 17,000 users of whom 7000 agents and 7000 employees serving more than 3 million customers.

MMA is using BLADE's 10Gb switches to improve the overall performance and functionality of its centralised end user and agent Web 2.0 portal applications. The 10Gb switches with BLADE's VMready with Virtual Vision technology complement the existing BLADE Layer 2-7 switches for IBM BladeCenter, which are integrated in a multi-core network infrastructure. 

Immediate results and benefits have included better response times when accessing MMA's applications, as well as more effective traffic management and sophisticated security capabilities on the network.

With BLADE's VMready network virtualisation software used in combination with BLADE's Ethernet switches, MMA is also able to greatly simplify the management of Virtual Machines (VMs) across the whole of its data centre network. This is the industry's first solution for detecting VM movement as VMs migrate across the network and for moving the network profile associated with the VM to the destination, automatically. VMready is compliant with key industry standards whilst remaining compatible with popular virtualisation technologies.

In addition to implementing BLADE's 10Gb switches and VMready for running multiple production website applications, MMA is also using the technology for managing the integration of future applications development and test certification. 

Cédric Levasseur, one of the heads of windows systems architecture and infrastructure at MMA, explained, "We were looking for a faster network solution which would interoperate with our Cisco and Alcatel dual vendor network infrastructure. The BLADE Network Technologies 10Gb switches with VMready have integrated seamlessly into our network infrastructure and significantly increased network performance for the benefit of our customers and agents whilst streamlining data centre network management, availability and efficiency."

Charles Ferland, vice president of EMEA, BLADE Network Technologies explained, "BLADE Network Technologies' embedded 10Gb switch is a great fit for the multi-core infrastructure of the MMA network. Our new 10Gb switching modules with VMready give more flexibility across the network and improve its overall management and operation."

He added, "The financial services sector requires high speed, low latency and low power data centre networking solutions, on a fast, proven and interoperable Ethernet fabric. BLADE's technology efficiently fills financial institutions needs, such as MMA's, for easy to manage, ultra-low and deterministic latency and high throughput networking. "


BLADE Network Technologies' products are compliant with key industry standards and also offer compatibility with proprietary protocols used by some vendors. To this effect, BLADE's solutions have been tested and certified as compatible in a mixed vendor environment by the independent research firm The Tolly Group. See:

About BLADE Network Technologies
BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE), the data center switching company, brings speed and intelligence to the network edge; closer to customers' business, users and innovations. BLADE's lossless, low-latency, and low-power RackSwitch and blade switches connect servers, storage and networks in the world's largest enterprises. Proven and interoperable, Unified Fabric Architecture is BLADE's solution for converged Ethernet and virtualization-aware networking for cloud computing, Web 2.0, financial services and other HPC applications. Visit: Twitter: @BLADENetwork

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