SOURCE: BLADE Network Technologies

May 19, 2008 08:00 ET

BLADE Network Technologies Launches Japan Operations

BLADE Introduces "Rackonomics" to Japan -- Revolutionary Approach for Scaling out Data Center Networks to Drive Down Total Cost of Ownership

TOKYO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - BLADE Network Technologies Inc. (BLADE), the industry leader in network virtualization and high-performance solutions for servers and storage, announced today that it has launched its sales and support presence in Japan and has appointed Yasunobu Ohta as Country Manager of Japan Operations. With this launch and appointment, BLADE is prepared to address the data center networking requirements of the world's second largest economy. The representative office is set up at Ark Mori Building, Akasaka, Tokyo.

BLADE is introducing to Japan its approach to "Rackonomics" for rack-level provisioning of server/compute systems, data networks and storage area networks (SANs). Working with BLADE, Japanese businesses can leverage Rackonomics to decrease the total cost of ownership of data center infrastructures, reduce IT complexity and enable massive scale-out environments.

BLADE is a market-leading supplier of 1/10G Ethernet infrastructure solutions in blade servers and "scale-out" server and storage racks. BLADE has more than four million ports installed, connecting more than 800,000 HP, IBM and NEC server blades and delivering its products across 26 market segments, including large data center networks equipped with thousands of switches.

The primary missions of BLADE's Japan office are winning wide and general acceptance of this new technology and products in the enterprise IT and datacenter area and accelerating BLADE's existing business of Ethernet I/O solutions.

Before joining BLADE, Mr. Ohta was with Egenera, a Boston-based, blade server and virtualization technology company, for more than five years, where he successfully started its operations in Japan as General Manager of Japan Operations in 2002. He has over 25 years' experience in enterprise IT, datacenter and networking areas at technology companies such as Egenera, Stratus Technologies and Tandem Computers.

"We are delighted with the appointment of Mr. Ohta as an exceptionally experienced general manager for our Japan operations," said Peter Hall, vice president of sales for Asia Pacific, BLADE Network Technologies. "This appointment and opening of an office in Japan demonstrate BLADE's commitment to the major Japanese IT market."

About BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies is the leading supplier of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet network infrastructure solutions that reside in blade servers and "scale-out" server and storage racks. BLADE's new "virtual, cooler and easier" top-of-rack switches demonstrate the promise of "Rackonomics" -- BLADE's revolutionary approach for scaling out data center networks to drive down total cost of ownership. The company's customers include half of the Fortune 500 across 26 industry segments, and an installed base of over 170,000 network switches representing more than 4 million switch ports. For more information, visit

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    Yasunobu Ohta
    General Manager, Japan Operations
    BLADE Network Technologies, Inc.
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