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BLADE Network Technologies

August 31, 2010 08:00 ET

BLADE's New VMready 3.0 With Virtual Vision First to Bring Scalable VM-Aware Networking to Virtualized Data Centers

Virtual Vision Extends BLADE's Leadership in Proven, Standards-Based Data Center Switching and Network Virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - August 31, 2010) - Today at VMworld 2010, BLADE Network Technologies, the data center switching and network virtualization company, announced VMready™ 3.0 with Virtual Vision for automating, provisioning and securing the network in the virtualized data center. BLADE's Virtual Vision "sees" Virtual Machines (VMs) as they migrate from server to server; protecting VMs anywhere they move across the data center; automatically synchronizing and unifying network policies and configurations across physical and virtual networks. BLADE's new VMready 3.0 with Virtual Vision is the first in the industry to provide standards-ready, scalable and non-disruptive VM-aware networking for enterprise data centers.

VMready 3.0 extends the company's leadership in supporting scalable VM mobility. VMready equips a single switch or a stack of switches for live VM migration, and now with Virtual Vision, can unify physical and virtual networks across an entire data center and even between geographically dispersed data centers.

VMready 3.0 with Virtual Vision brings a new level of speed and intelligence to the edge of the network required by the demands of virtualization, cloud computing and server-to-server communications. VMready works with BLADE's RackSwitch Ethernet switches or BLADE switches for IBM BladeCenter, HP BladeSystem or NEC SIGMABLADE.

"VMready was the industry's first virtualization-aware networking solution, shipping in February 2009," said Dan Tuchler, vice president of Strategy and Product Management, BLADE Network Technologies. "While other vendors have announced their initial forays or future intentions in this area, BLADE continues to extend its first-to-market leadership in unifying physical and virtual networks with the immediate availability of VMready 3.0 with Virtual Vision. As more data centers adopt server virtualization, virtualizing the network is the next step in realizing the full benefits that virtualization provides. Because VMready can scale and is standards-ready, IT can deploy VMready at various stages of their virtualization adoption, from a few servers to across an entire data center. VMready 3.0 with Virtual Vision gives customers the confidence that they can virtualize their business-critical applications, securely, efficiently and interoperably."

"As customers continue along the path toward IT as a service and building high-performance environments, they require networking solutions that are optimized for virtualization," said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "VMready integrates with VMware vCenter™ Server, enabling customers to manage the network configurations of virtual machines on both VMware vSphere™ vNetwork Distributed vSwitches and physical BLADE switches. The implementation of proper configurations increases efficiency, performance and reliability, and helps ensure network security and quality of service."

"BLADE has been a leader in driving the IEEE standards for support of virtualization in the data center, including authoring of key technical proposals and specifications in the 802.1Qbg working group," said Vijoy Pandey, PhD, chief technology officer, BLADE Network Technologies. "VMready has been architected since day one to incorporate these standards when they are ready, providing the advantages of standardization while retaining the benefits and higher level features that have been developed over the past three years."

About VMready 3.0 with Virtual Vision
VMready 3.0 provides the essential requirements for outfitting the data center network for virtualization, including:

Virtual Vision -- Integrates a central policy database with VMready's virtualization awareness to automate and secure VM mobility across large data centers. Virtual Vision also works across a low-latency Layer 2 core network to extend the benefits to multiple data center sites, providing single-point management of traffic per VM and ensuring security and provisioning are correct even as thousands of VMs are created, copied or moved across hundreds of servers.

Open Scale -- Provides an interoperable and standards-ready approach to data center virtualization that does not require an overhaul to VMware or other vendors' environments, a replacement vSwitch or proprietary packet tagging. VMready's design will support the IEEE's emerging standards, such as 802.1Qbg for Virtual Edge Bridging (VEB) and Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregator (VEPA). VMready works with all popular virtualization technologies, including VMware vSphere™, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Linux KVM and Oracle VM.

Deep VMware Integration -- Works seamlessly with VMware vCenter™ Server to manage VMware vNetwork distributed virtual switches, linking the virtual network to the physical network's policies and profiles.

Auto Policy Migration -- Ensures that QoS, ACL and VLAN network policy settings automatically follow virtualized applications as they migrate from server to server across an enterprise network, thus preserving security, performance and access for virtualized mission-critical applications and data, as well as simplifying management.

BLADE's switch-resident VMready 3.0 with Virtual Vision is available immediately for BLADE's RackSwitch and embedded blade server switches for the IBM BladeCenter, HP BladeSystem and NEC SIGMABLADE. Click here to learn how to buy.

See VMready with Virtual Vision at BLADE's Booth #1634 at VMworld 2010, August 30-September 2, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA. Media and analysts can contact for on-site or phone briefings.

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About BLADE Network Technologies
BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE), the data center switching company, brings speed and intelligence to the edge of the network -- closer to customers' business, users and innovations. With 9 million ports installed, BLADE's lossless, low-latency, and low-power RackSwitch™ and blade switches connect physical and virtual servers, storage and networks in the world's largest data centers. BLADE's award-winning, high-performance Ethernet switches and VMreadyvirtualization-aware networking are designed to handle dynamic demands at the network edge for private and public clouds, financial services, Web 2.0 and HPC applications. BLADE's Unified Fabric Architecture™ is a fast, virtual, proven and interoperable converged fabric for Ethernet Everywhere. Visit: Twitter: @BLADENetwork

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