SOURCE: BLADE Network Technologies

September 12, 2007 14:00 ET

BLADE Network Technologies Delivers Green Blade Switch for New HP BladeSystem c3000 Enclosure

Green Blade Switch Integrated With HP's New BladeSystem c3000 Brings the Benefits of Blades to Midsize Customers, Remote Sites and Branch Offices

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - September 12, 2007) - BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BLADE), the leading provider of network switching infrastructure to the blade server market, announced the availability of its green blade switch for the new HP BladeSystem c3000 blade enclosure. The combined offering provides customers high-performance, "in system" switching and routing in a compact blade enclosure that saves cost, power and time.

Equipped with five RJ45 (copper) ports and four SFP module cages for optional fiber uplinks, BLADE's HP GbE2c Layer 2/3 Ethernet Blade Switch offers exceptional security and wire-speed store-and-forward switching at an economical price, and it seamlessly integrates an HP BladeSystem into any Ethernet network infrastructure without a separate router. To protect customers from unsafe exposure to external networks, the GbE2c Layer 2/3 switch utilizes IP forwarding within HP BladeSystem. Another in a series of industry firsts for BLADE, this enables network traffic to be forwarded between VLANs without the need for an external router or Layer 3 switch. The BLADE switch can eliminate up to 94 percent of cabling compared to other connection options and provides significant power savings over external chassis-based switches, dramatically reducing complexity and cost-of-ownership. The switch also is available for the current HP BladeSystem c7000 blade enclosure.

BLADE's new Layer 2/3 switch offers wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet switching across five uplink ports, two internal cross-connects, and 16 server ports with the ability to switch 71,000,000 packets per second in full-duplex mode. Four of the five uplinks can be either copper or fiber using optional SFP fiber modules. The BLADE switch protects HP BladeSystem customers against IP and DNS spoofing via secured access through SSHv2, along with support for HTTPS, RADIUS, TACACS, and TACACS+. The 802.1x port security feature prevents any device that fails authentication from accessing the network or services through 802.1x-enabled ports.

The BLADE switch is also compliant with the European Union's Restriction on Hazardous Materials (RoHS) and with China RoHS directives.

BLADE works through the HP BladeSystem Solution Builder Program to design its Ethernet switches, which are marketed and sold under the HP brand, specifically for HP BladeSystem c-Class infrastructure.

"As the number-one provider of Ethernet and IP blade networking equipment, we are pleased to work with HP to equip the c3000 enclosure with our green blade switches," said Vikram Mehta, President and CEO of BLADE Network Technologies. "Small IT sites, branch offices and remote locations are increasingly looking for IT solutions that are versatile, hassle-free and meet their business requirements. The BLADE family of switches provides a powerful network switching capability to the c3000 that further aids cost, power and time savings."

"As a valued member of the HP BladeSystem Solution Builder Program, BLADE Network Technologies contributes to the breakthrough industry-standard networking innovations found in the HP BladeSystem c3000," said Mark Potter, vice president, BladeSystem Division, HP. "The easy-to-use networking of the c3000 is a key feature for our customers. With just a simple, hassle-free connection, the green blade switch delivers full Ethernet networking capabilities within the enclosure without requiring an external router or Layer 3 switch."

BLADE's GbE2c Layer 2/3 Ethernet Blade Switch provides wire-speed switching of incoming and outgoing network traffic at speeds up to 48 Gigabits per second full-duplex, and it can be deployed in pairs within the HP BladeSystem c3000 enclosure to offer a high degree of redundancy and failover. Its modular design offers a cost-savvy and secure alternative to solutions using passthrough devices combined with external switches and routers. For significant cost savings, BLADE's GbE2c Layer 2/3 switch can reduce network cabling, provide more bandwidth for applications and ensure that blade server data is secure from internal and external threats.

BLADE's latest firmware provides a full set of Layer 2/3 security and high-availability features for mission-critical applications, and seamlessly integrates into existing Ethernet networks. BLADE's GbE2c Layer 2/3 switch can be deployed out of the box with the default configuration, saving administration time and overhead. Additional configuration can be performed using either the industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI), or Web-based management interface. Full support for SNMP v1/2/3 allows sophisticated administrators to configure and manage the switch through SNMP. The BLADE switch supports full Layer 3 functionality including IP forwarding, dynamic routing, static routing and Quality of Service (QoS).

Pricing and Availability

BLADE's HP GbE2c Layer 2/3 Ethernet Blade Switch for HP BladeSystem c3000 and HP BladeSystem c7000 is available immediately, priced at $1799.

About BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies is the market-leading supplier of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet, IP, and Application Switches for blade server systems globally. BLADE is the first vendor to focus exclusively on serving the network infrastructure needs of the rapidly growing blade server market. The company's end-users include Fortune 500 companies across 26 different industry segments. As the number-one supplier of network switches for blade servers, BLADE boasts an installed base of more than 120,000 blade switches (representing approximately 2.7 million switch ports) around the world. In 2006, BLADE was established as a fully independent company when it purchased certain assets of Nortel's Blade Server Switch Business Unit. For more information, visit BLADE at

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