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BLADE, Voltaire Deliver High-Density 10 Gigabit Ethernet Data Center Switch Fabrics
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April 20, 2010

BLADE, Voltaire Deliver High-Density 10 Gigabit Ethernet Data Center Switch Fabrics

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

BLADE Network Technologies a provider of scale-out data center fabrics announced that it has partnered with Voltaire to deliver high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 10GbE data center switch fabrics.

This will enable customers who depend on ultra low-latency server and CEE-capable storage connectivity to build flat data center fabrics of over 3,400 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports which feature non-blocking, lossless switch capacity of 11.52 Terabits per second. The technology is based on Voltaire's Vantage 8500 Layer 2 core switches and BLADE's RackSwitch G8124 top-of-rack switch, said company sources.

The Voltaire-BLADE solution is highly scalable and it provides end-to-end latency of only 2.4 microseconds. Switching solutions can also impede performance, injecting up to 16 times more latency or up to 10 to 40 microseconds. The new solution features Voltaire Messaging Accelerator or VMA software for Ethernet which reduces application latency besides facilitating high frequency trading for customers.

Software offerings from both Voltaire and BLADE help in the management of virtualized data centers and cloud environments. Voltaire's new Unified Fabric Manager or UFM 3.0 software controls end-to-end virtual machine connectivity and centrally manages multi-vendor Ethernet fabric resources.

BLADE's VMready for virtualization-aware networking moves network policies as Virtual Machines move. The solution supports FCoE/CEE standards enabling customers to build a scalable and converged data and storage network, said BLADE sources.

According to officials the combined solution has been cross-certified by Voltaire and BLADE for availability through leading data center server OEMs. The two companies maintain long-standing OEM relationships with data center leaders such as IBM (News - Alert), HP, NEC and SGI.

"Unified fabrics and flat network topologies designed for end-to-end performance hold great promise for enterprises seeking to achieve top efficiency for their critical business applications and server virtualization environments," said Lucinda Borovick, research vice president, Datacenter Networks, IDC (News - Alert).

"Datacenter customers benefit with the ability to choose the most effective platform for the environment when providers such as BLADE Network Technologies and Voltaire jointly validate best practice designs," Borovick added.

Ronnie Kenneth, chairman and CEO of Voltaire said that cross-certifying Voltaire's core switch and software with BLADE's top-of-rack switch creates an end-to-end solution which features optimized port density and ultra low latency as required by customers.  

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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