BLADE Network Technologies Hosts On-Demand Webinar on 10 Gigabit Ethernet: Overcoming Network Overload with Rackonomics - An Innovative Approach to Scaling Out Data Center Networks

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BLADE Network Technologies offers a webinar for IBM BladeCenters featuring IDC's Lucinda Borovick, Research Vice President, Data Center Networks discussing networking trends and issues facing today's IT and data center managers

BLADE Network Technologies Inc. (BLADE), the industry leader in network virtualization and high-performance solutions for servers and storage, announced the availability of a free, informational on-demand webinar on overcoming network overload with 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Focused on the company's offerings for IBM BladeCenter, the webinar features guest speakers Lucinda Borovick, Research Vice President, Data Center Networks Service for premier industry analyst firm, IDC, and Mike Easterly, Director of Global Field Marketing (IBM Alliance) for BLADE Network Technologies.

The on-demand webinar is entitled "10G Ethernet: Overcoming Network Overload with Rackonomics - An Innovative Approach to Scaling out Data Center Networks." This webinar looks at networking trends and issues facing today's IT, networking, and data center managers as well as CTOs and CIOs. The speakers discuss next-generation data center best practices and BLADE's revolutionary approach--called "Rackonomics"--for scaling out data center networks and driving down the total cost of ownership. Attendees will learn about:

  •     How IT departments are addressing networking concerns
  •     The impact network bandwidth plays and what the future holds
  •     Who is using 10G Ethernet and how are they using it
  •     Trends in blades and rack dense servers
  •     Rackonomics--a "virtual, cooler and easier" server centric approach to simplify data center management, virtualization and energy efficiency
  •     BLADE's offers for IBM BladeCenter, iDataPlex and Cluster 1350 solutions
  •     Guidance and best practices recommendations from IDC and BLADE

To access BLADE's archived webinar, visit

"IDC believes the foundation of new data center network will be Ethernet," said Lucinda Borovick. "It is true that highly specialized workloads have adopted alternative technologies in the past, including Fibre Channel, FICON, ESCON, and InfiniBand. Nonetheless, the massive investment in research and development in the Ethernet community will drive Ethernet further into the data center, placing Ethernet on a path to be the unifying network standard in the data center."

Said, Mike Easterly of BLADE, "In addition to bringing 10Gb performance, BLADE's embedded intelligent switches in IBM's BladeCenter systems bring more functionality at a lower price. By deploying BLADE's Rackonomics approach, IT departments can scale out their massive data centers while lowering total cost of ownership, simplifying data center management and truly enabling server and storage virtualization."

About Lucinda Borovick, Research Vice President, Data Center Networks Service
Cindy provides market analysis, research, and consulting on the data center. She has particular expertise on key technical and business issues concerning networking adoption by place in the network. She analyzes server, storage and application deployments and how the interconnection of these technologies translates into requirements on the data center and remote branch. Specific research responsibilities include analyzing the impact of application networking, WAN application delivery, blade server networking, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and storage networking on the data center of the future within the enterprise and service provider marketplace.

About Mike Easterly, Director, Global Field Marketing (IBM Alliance)
Mike Easterly has over 15 years experience in sales and marketing roles in the IT industry. Prior to joining BLADE Network Technologies, he led Americas BladeCenter product management at IBM, an industry leader and innovator in the blade market. Before that Mike held multiple roles at IBM including competitive intelligence, product marketing and enterprise sales.

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 170,000 network switches representing more than 4 million switch ports. For more information, visit:


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