Neterion, Inc.

Neterion, Inc.

October 31, 2005 08:00 ET

Neterion Signs OEM Contract With IBM for 10 Gigabit Ethernet Technology

CUPERTINO, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Oct 31, 2005) -

IBM and Neterion Offer First Line-Rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet to Solve Large Customers' Network Bottleneck Issues

Neterion, Inc., an industry leader in the 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapter market, today announced that IBM will deploy Neterion's second-generation Xframe® II Ethernet adapters in IBM's xSeries systems.

With this announcement, IBM becomes the industry's first major vendor to deploy 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology in its line of Intel processor-based servers with PCI-X 2.0. IBM xSeries systems are built on IBM's breakthrough X3 Architecture.

"This is about serving customers, about providing the best possible technology to help them address the pressures and performance requirements of an On-Demand world," said Dave Zabrowski, President and CEO of Neterion. "The signing of this agreement shows customers our mutual commitment to 10 Gigabit Ethernet as an emerging industry standard technology."

The widespread adoption of Ethernet makes 10 Gigabit Ethernet an easy evolution to end-users. With support built in all major operating systems, Neterion's Xframe provides "plug-and-play" installation for new 10 GbE users, allowing them to take advantage of new levels of performance within minutes.

Designed to deliver true line-rate 10 Gigabit-per-second throughput in intense compute environments, Neterion's Xframe II takes full advantage of IBM X3 Architecture servers. IBM's xSeries 366, 260 and 460 systems all support PCI-X 2.0 with double-data rate (DDR) bus speeds.

"The xSeries family of servers featuring our mainframe-inspired X3 Architecture and the PCI-X 2.0 DDR bus are delivering breakthrough levels of performance, scalability and reliability to enterprise data centers," said Tom Bradicich, chief technology officer, xSeries division, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "As a co-founder of PCI-X 2.0, and president of the PCI-SIG board, IBM is ideally positioned to lead the industry in I/O technologies. By adding high-speed line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet, achieved with the Xframe II adapter card, our xSeries servers can offer customers further options for server consolidation and virtualization, surpassing PCI-X 1.0 limits, while preserving the large industry investment in PCI-X."

Customers already anticipating release of Neterion's 10 Gigabit Ethernet on IBM xSeries systems include Caltech which operates astronomical, seismological, and marine biology facilities; and Arroyo Video Solutions, an industry leader in providing Video on Demand platforms.

"Caltech and our partners in UltraLight (http://ultralight.caltech.edu) look forward to working with Neterion and IBM to leverage the capability of 10 Gb/s wide area network links over continental and transoceanic distances," noted Dr. Harvey Newman, Professor of Physics at Caltech. "This is key in developing highly responsive grid systems that can access, process and analyze Petabyte-scale datasets rapidly using worldwide-distributed computing and storage facilities. Such systems could enable the next round of discoveries at the high energy frontier that will be explored by physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva starting in 2007."

"The Arroyo OnDemand solution addresses service providers' needs for nonstop Video On Demand (VOD) services while meeting their increasing performance requirements by supporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet," stated Paul Sherer, Co-founder and CTO, Arroyo Video Solutions. "The new IBM platforms with the industry-leading I/O architecture combined with Neterion's 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters will dramatically increase the scalability, operational ease and efficiency of Arroyo's superior VOD solution."

Further details of the agreement will be made in the fall of this year. This is the latest in a series of announcements that Neterion has made throughout 2005, as the industry continues to shift towards launching products based on the Xframe technology.

About Neterion, Inc.

Founded in 2001, Neterion Inc. has locations in Cupertino, California and Ottawa, Canada. Neterion delivers 10 Gigabit Ethernet hardware & software solutions that solve customers' high-end networking problems. The Xframe® line of products is based on Neterion-developed technologies that deliver new levels of performance, availability and reliability in the datacenter. Xframe, Xframe II and Xframe E include full IPv4 and IPv6 support, and comprehensive stateless offloads that preserve the integrity of current TCP/IP implementations without "breaking the stack." Xframe drivers are available for all major Operating Systems, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX, IBM's AIX, Sun's Solaris and SGI's Irix. Neterion has raised over $42M in funding with its latest C round taking place in June 2004. Formerly known as S2io, the company changed its name to Neterion in January 2005.

Further information on the company can be found at http://www.neterion.com/.

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