SOURCE: BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies

November 04, 2009 10:40 ET

BLADE Network Technologies Opens Office to Meet Rising Demand for Data Center Networking in the Middle East and Africa

Appoints Al Sayegh Brothers as UAE Master Distributor

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES--(Marketwire - November 4, 2009) - BLADE Network Technologies Inc. (BLADE), the trusted leader in data center networking, announced today the opening of a new sales and support office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to serve customers throughout the Middle East and Africa. BLADE's Kamran Siddiqui will serve as territory manager. Al Sayegh Brothers Trading, a full service institution that offers complete brand management solutions, has been appointed as the master distributor in the UAE for BLADE's RackSwitch family of data center switches.

"We are pleased to expand our worldwide presence with our new sales and support office in the UAE, one of the world's leading centers of commerce," said Charles Ferland, vice president of EMEA, BLADE Network Technologies. "Customers across the Middle East and Africa are deploying our RackSwitch products to meet their growing data center networking requirements; this new regional presence demonstrates our commitment to the region."

He added, "We are delighted to have appointed Al Sayegh Brothers as our master distributor in the United Arab Emirates, whose extensive channel experience will play a key role in helping BLADE take maximum advantage of the huge potential on offer in the region. BLADE's 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet RackSwitch products have already been deployed to solve latency and performance issues at major oil and gas companies, educational institutions and other businesses. BLADE's RackSwitch offers the best price/performance and lowest power consumption, especially for this region where energy costs are rising and governments are embarking upon green IT initiatives."

"BLADE Network Technologies is a premier provider of data center networking solutions," said Abdul Jabbar Al Sayegh, chairman and chief executive officer of Al Sayegh Brothers Group. "We are proud to become the master distributor for BLADE's RackSwitch products for the United Arab Emirates."

Wesgreen International School in Sharjah, UAE, has recently commenced an evaluation of BLADE RackSwitch Gigabit/10 Gigabit solutions as part of its strong commitment to maintaining an optimized technology and networking infrastructure. There are four state-of-the-art computer labs in the school and these meet the challenging needs of students incorporating the latest developments in the field of science and technology.

Commented Babar Mughal, Wesgreen's IT Unit Head: "In an age of information explosion no one can afford to be indifferent to the vast resources available on the world-wide-web. That is why we provide internet facilities for our students so they can make use of the web in completing project work thus developing creativity, research skills and encouraging homework. We believe in giving the best to our students and as demand grows ensuring high speed internet and network access will be essential for continuing to meet their expectations and requirements. This is why the BLADE RackSwitch is so exciting as it offers a cost-effective solution for high performance, low latency computing for now and in the future."

BLADE is one of the top three providers of 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, according to Dell'Oro Group's Q209 Ethernet Switch Quarterly Report, and is on track to deliver another year of strong growth. The company achieved its best ever quarterly revenues, profits and market share following the close of its third fiscal 2009 quarter on July 31.

BLADE leads Cisco in market share of Ethernet switches for blade servers through its trusted partnerships with HP, IBM, NEC and Verari Systems and recently completed its Series B financing with new investors NEC (TSE: 6701), Juniper Networks and a third technology industry leader as a silent investor. These join founding investor, Garnett & Helfrich Capital, which reinvested in the company. This funding round values the company at $230 million.

BLADE's RackSwitch 1/10G products combine best-in-class hardware design and power consumption with server-specific features, ultra low latency, data center optimized airflow and full interoperability with existing network environments.

BLADE maintains a worldwide presence including its Santa Clara, CA headquarters, BLADE Network Research (BNR) development subsidiary in Ottawa, Canada and BLADE Network K.K. subsidiary in Japan and sales and support operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific, China and Korea. Please contact:

About BLADE Network Technologies

BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE) is the leading provider of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet cloud-ready networking solutions for dynamic, enterprise data centers worldwide. In addition to its innovative OEM blade switches, and SmartConnect with VMready virtualization and BLADEHarmony Manager software, 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. BLADE's customers include more than 300 of the Fortune 500 across 26 industry segments, representing nearly 7 million switch ports connecting over 2 million servers and storage systems in data centers around the globe. Visit: Twitter: @BLADENetwork.

BLADE Network Technologies, the BLADE logo, BLADEHarmony, RackSwitch, RackSwitch Solution Partner, SmartConnect and VMready are trademarks of BLADE Network Technologies.

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