SOURCE: BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies

February 18, 2010 08:30 ET

BLADE Network Technologies Delivers Industry's Most Energy-Efficient Top-of-Rack Switches for Telco Central Offices and Data Centers-in-a-Container

BLADE'S DC-Powered 1/10 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet RackSwitches Offer Energy Savings of Up to 35 Percent

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2010) -  BLADE Network Technologies Inc. (BLADE), the trusted leader in data center networking, announced today the availability of -48 volt DC-powered top-of-rack Ethernet switches for telco central office networks and data center environments. The new ultra-efficient DC-powered BLADE RackSwitch G8000 and BLADE RackSwitch G8124 offer significant energy savings over comparable switches.

BLADE's RackSwitch™ product family is a key element of BLADE's Unified FabricArchitecture™ (UFA), the industry's fastest, smartest, most integrable and most proven data center network fabric. BLADE's UFA products enable "Rackonomics" to radically reduce the cost and complexity of deploying physical and virtual data center infrastructure.

BLADE's RackSwitch G8124-DC is an ultra-low-latency 1U top-of-rack, loss-less 10GbE switch equipped with 24 SFP+ (Small Form Factor Pluggable) ports and redundant DC power supplies. BLADE's RackSwitch G8000-DC is a 1U top-of-rack switch equipped with 48GbE ports and four 10GbE ports for uplinks and/or stacking with redundant DC power supplies. Both switches support full Layer 2/3 networking and are designed for top-of-rack server and storage connectivity as well as aggregation layer data center switching.

In most conventional data centers, electrical power goes through multiple conversions at different AC voltage levels before finally reaching the equipment. At every conversion point, electricity is lost and heat is generated. Some server vendors are recommending all-DC powered equipment as a way of increasing energy efficiency. In addition, DC layouts result in lower cost distribution equipment and easier management. BLADE's DC-powered RackSwitch products were developed to meet these needs, while offering the industry's best price/performance.

An exciting growth area for data centers is in the new container market. Many vendors are now providing containers that house a thousand or more servers along with the associated network equipment. They are self-contained with built-in cooling and commonly run on DC power. 

"BLADE Network Technologies continues to lead the data center revolution by delivering the industry's most energy-efficient 1/10 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet top-of-rack DC-powered switches," said Tim Shaughnessy, vice president of Marketing, BLADE Network Technologies. "BLADE's new DC RackSwitch products improve energy efficiency by up to 35 percent by eliminating the need for DC to AC inverters that would otherwise be required. Additionally, a DC-powered RackSwitch requires less wiring and complexity when used in any environment equipped with DC-powered servers. Thus, our DC RackSwitch is especially suited for the unique needs of telco central offices and the newer phenomenon of data center containers."

"SGI utilizes DC power at the rack, row and data center levels in order to deliver leading power efficiency," said Rick Chapek, senior vice president of Hardware Engineering at SGI. "BLADE Network Technologies' new DC-powered RackSwitch products represent an essential element of this strategy, now available with DC-powered 10 Gigabit Ethernet top-of-rack switches."

BLADE Network Technologies is one of the top three suppliers of 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, according to Dell'Oro Group's 3Q09 Ethernet Switch Quarterly Report, and has an installed-base of more than 7.5 million data center Ethernet ports. BLADE's switches offer a 5x price-performance advantage, 10x latency advantage, and greater than 60 percent lower power consumption advantage compared to offerings from Cisco, all while guaranteeing interoperability with existing network infrastructures.

Pricing and Availability

BLADE's DC-powered RackSwitch products are available now through authorized channel partners in the RackSwitch Solution Partner Program. List prices are $12,550USD for BLADE RackSwitch G8124-DC and $5,795USD for BLADE RackSwitch G8000-DC.

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 FabricArchitecture™. 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 9,500 enterprises in over 26 different industry verticals, including 350 of the Fortune 500. Visit: Twitter: @BLADENetwork.

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

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