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BLADE Network Technologies

June 16, 2009 08:00 ET

BLADE Network Technologies CEO Vikram Mehta Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award Recipient in Northern California

Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in "Emerging" Category

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BLADE), the trusted leader in data center networking, announced that BLADE President and CEO Vikram Mehta received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the "Emerging" category for Northern California. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Mehta was selected by an independent panel of judges. The award was presented at a gala event at The San Jose Fairmont on June 13, 2009, hosted by award-winning broadcast journalist, Sydnie Kohara.

The award recognizes Mehta's "if it's not impossible, it's not worth doing" and "never give up" approach, which fueled his determination to establish BLADE as an independent networking company in 2006, despite numerous obstacles. His visionary leadership and "no barriers, only solutions" philosophy have propelled BLADE to become the industry's number-one provider of blade server networking, carving out a 2x market share lead over Cisco and becoming one of the leading suppliers of 10 Gigabit Ethernet "cloud-ready" networking switches.

"The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is a tribute to the passion of our talented team of BLADErs who are the real force behind this vibrant company," said Mehta. "This is an honor that I am proud to share with my entire team because it acknowledges our shared commitment to delighting customers and developing innovative networking solutions for enterprises that allow us to come out on top in a highly competitive industry. I hope that stories shared through this global E&Y program encourage other entrepreneurs to believe in themselves and follow their dreams."

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, and Verari, as well as through distributors, are installed in over 300 of the Fortune 500.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

"We are proud to recognize Vikram's achievements," said Ernie Cortes, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Northern California. "Award recipients of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region's economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger."

As a Northern California award recipient, Vikram Mehta is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2009. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have SAP and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as national sponsors. In Northern California, local sponsors include The Big Picture, Scherzer International, Smart Business and The Summit Group.

About BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies is the leading provider of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet cloud ready networking solutions for servers and storage in dynamic data centers worldwide. In addition to its innovative OEM blade switches, virtualization, and management products, 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 at the rack-level. BLADE's customers include more than 300 of the Fortune 500 across 26 industry segments, for an installed base representing more than 250,000 network switches and nearly 6 million switch ports connecting over 1,200,000 systems. Visit: Twitter: BLADENetwork.

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program

Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award 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.

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