Dicker Data and BLADE Network Technologies Team Up to Deliver BLADE's RackSwitch Data Centre Networking Products in Australia

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Dicker Data, a leading value-add Australian IT Systems distributor and BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BLADE), the trusted leader in data centre networking, announced today that Dicker Data will distribute BLADE's Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet RackSwitch™ product family in Australia.

We are very pleased that Dicker Data has teamed up with BLADE Network Technologies to deliver our 10 Gigabit Ethernet RackSwitch solutions in the data centre

Dicker Data, a leading value-add Australian IT Systems distributor and BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BLADE), the trusted leader in data centre networking, announced today that Dicker Data will distribute BLADE's Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet RackSwitch™ product family in Australia.

"We are delighted to team up with BLADE as a trusted provider of Gigabit Ethernet solutions for high performance computing clusters, cloud computing, IP storage, video on demand and other Web 2.0 applications," said Chris Price, Sales Director, Dicker Data. "BLADE's RackSwitch products are best-of-breed top-of-rack switches that deliver the high bandwidth and low latency essential to today's consolidated, dynamic and virtualized data centre environments."

BLADE and Dicker Data are partnering to deliver 10 Gigabit Ethernet solutions, such as IP SANs for scalable storage performance, single-wire networks that converge networking and storage, as well as solutions for any data centrer environment that requires cloud computing or high performance computing-class performance.

"We are very pleased that Dicker Data has teamed up with BLADE Network Technologies to deliver our 10 Gigabit Ethernet RackSwitch solutions in the data centre," said Peter Hall, Vice President, Asia Pacific, BLADE Network Technologies. "Dicker Data and BLADE will work together to ensure that solution providers understand the total cost of ownership advantages of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and how best to harness the 'Virtual, Cooler and Easier' capabilities of our RackSwitch family for demanding data centre networks."

DIcker Data will distribute BLADE's RackSwitch products to solution providers that join BLADE's new RackSwitch Solution Partner™ Program. Solution providers can apply to become a RackSwitch Authorized or Champion Partner at http://www.bladenetwork.net/reseller.

BLADE's Data Centre Networking Advantages
BLADE delivers its Cloud Ready Network Architecture and RackSwitch infrastructure solutions for next generation data centres where virtual-machine awareness, ultra-high performance, extremely low and deterministic latency, simplified deployment and management, lower costs and energy efficiency are of paramount importance.

BLADE's "Virtual, Cooler, Easier" 1-10 Gigabit Ethernet RackSwitch networking solutions for data centre environments add network intelligence to blade and top-of-rack servers, while enhancing performance and providing high availability, scalability, manageability and security to the data centre environment. Customers who add BLADE switches to their infrastructure will realize significant reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) for their data centre and cloud computing infrastructures.

RackSwitch products from BLADE take a breakthrough approach known as "Rackonomics" to reduce the total cost of ownership of data centre infrastructures, overcome network overload and enable scale-out data center economies. Data center architects can standardize on a unified and affordable rack-level network infrastructure to provision and scale out cloud computing environments, high-performance clusters and virtualized data centres.

About Dicker Data
Dicker Data is a leading Australian IT Hardware distributor with over 31 years of experience.

About BLADE Network Technologies
BLADE Network Technologies is the leading provider of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet cloud ready networking solutions for servers and storage in dynamic data centres worldwide. In addition to its innovative OEM blade switches, virtualization, and management products, BLADE's "Virtual, Cooler, Easier" RackSwitch family enables "Rackonomics"-- an efficient approach for scaling out data centre networks to drive down total cost of ownership at the rack-level. BLADE's customers include more than 300 of the Fortune 500 across 26 industry segments, for an installed base representing more than 250,000 network switches and nearly six million switch ports connecting over 1,200,000 systems. Visit: http://www.bladenetwork.net. Twitter: @BLADENetwork.

BLADE Network Technologies, the BLADE logo, BLADEHarmony, RackSwitch, RackSwitch Solution Partner, SmartConnect and VMready are trademarks of BLADE Network Technologies. All other names or marks are property of their respective owners.

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