SOURCE: BLADE Network Technologies

September 15, 2008 08:00 ET

BLADE Network Technologies Teams With ipoque to Deliver Deep Packet Inspection Application Appliance Platform for ISPs and Carriers

BLADE's 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switches Running on IBM BladeCenter Equip ipoque's Carrier-Grade PRX-10G Traffic Manager for High Availability and Scalability of Data Center Network Traffic

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - BLADE Network Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in network virtualization and high-performance solutions for servers and storage, and ipoque, Europe's leading provider of traffic management solutions for Internet service providers, announced that they have teamed up to deliver a NEBS-compliant deep packet inspection and bandwidth management application appliance platform. The blade-based solution runs on IBM BladeCenter in high-traffic ISP and carrier environments that need to ensure Quality of Service (QoS) for bandwidth-intensive quadruple-play networks consisting of data, voice, multimedia and video traffic.

The Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) application appliance platform based on IBM BladeCenter HT equipped with BLADE's Nortel 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter and ipoque's PRX Traffic Manager provides deep packet inspection and powerful bandwidth management capabilities for up to six 10-GbE links and up to 60 Gigabits and 4.2 million packets per second. This IBM BladeCenter-powered platform is an ideal solution for environments that need to effectively monitor, shape and optimize network applications. These include the most critical and hard-to-detect protocols used for peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P), instant messaging (IM), Voice over IP (VoIP), tunneling and media streaming, but also many legacy applications . For ISP and carrier's COTS deployments on IBM BladeCenter HT, BLADE's Nortel 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter are NEBS compliant.

ipoque's PRX Traffic Manager supports up to six BLADE 10 Gigabit Ethernet links. The PRX Traffic Manager works as a transparent bridge and can be seamlessly integrated into existing networks. The extensive statistical functions give network operators detailed insight into the operations of their network.

"We are pleased to work with ipoque to help ensure carrier-grade availability and scalability for 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center network traffic on an IBM BladeCenter-powered application appliance platform," said Mark Hudson, Chief Marketing Officer, BLADE Network Technologies. "ipoque's PRX-10G can process 12 million active users with more than 240 million simultaneous connections, which is ample for even the highest-traffic blade-based ISP and carrier environments."

The PRX-10G allows administrators to monitor and regulate applications- and user-based network traffic. The system was designed for the highest levels of performance and safety requirements and is optimized for demanding network environments. With increasing data rates, further blades can be added. The PRX-10G waives internal queues to control traffic and thus has virtually no negative impact on packet latency, which never exceeded 0.1 milliseconds.

"We are pleased to team up with BLADE as the leading provider of blade server switches to deliver an IBM BladeCenter-powered application appliance platform," said Klaus Mochalski, CEO of ipoque. "The combined capabilities of BLADE's highly reliable switches and our PRX Traffic Manager ensure high availability and scalability for ISPs and carriers that deploy 10 Gigabit Ethernet bandwidth management equipment in their networks."

About ipoque

ipoque is the leading European provider of deep packet inspection (DPI) solutions for Internet traffic management and analysis. Designed for Internet service providers, enterprises and educational institutions, ipoque's PRX Traffic Manager allows to effectively monitor, shape and optimize network applications. These include the most critical and hard-to-detect protocols used for peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P), instant messaging (IM), Voice over IP (VoIP), tunneling and media streaming, but also many legacy applications. For more information, see: www.ipoque.com.

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" -- a 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 190,000 network switches representing more than 900,000 servers and over 4.3 million switch ports. For more information, visit www.bladenetwork.net.

Contact Information

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    Tim Shaughnessy
    BLADE Network Technologies
    +1(408) 850-8963
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    Judy Plummer
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    Caroline Howlett
    Strategic PR
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    Kristin Wolf
    Corporate Communications
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