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September 28, 2009

Netezza Selects BLADE's Ethernet Networking Portfolio of Products

Netezza, a major player in data warehouse and analytic appliances, reportedly has selected BLADE's Ethernet networking portfolio of products to provide the industry's highest-speed cross-platform data fabric.
BLADE officials said that the company’s top-of-rack and embedded blade switches will provide the data-intensive 1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking for the new Netezza (News - Alert) TwinFin appliance, the first in Netezza's family of new blade server-based appliances.
Officials said that Netezza selected BLADE's RackSwitch and BNT embedded blade switches as the industry's best network building blocks for the new TwinFin system architecture, with
"BLADE's high-speed data fabric spans top-of-rack and blade server networking, which enables our Netezza TwinFin appliance to reset the price-performance bar for the data warehouse and analytics market," said John Metzger, vice president, product strategy at Netezza, in a statement.
Metzger said that the BLADE solution provides high-speed networking and a common management infrastructure to ensure that Netezza can once again extend the clear leadership in providing the company’s customers with the highest levels of data-driven intelligence with the lowest total cost of ownership.
"The Netezza TwinFin appliance demonstrates the breakthrough levels of performance and innovation that can be achieved by leveraging the combined capabilities of BLADE's RackSwitch products in concert with BLADE's market-leading blade server switches," said Vikram Mehta, president and CEO, BLADE Network Technologies, in a statement.
Mehta said that his company is delighted that Netezza chose BLADE's portfolio of network infrastructure products to scale out their customers' critical data management environments with the lowest total cost of ownership.
BLADE Network Technologies is a  provider of Gigabit and 10G Ethernet cloud-ready networking solutions for dynamic, enterprise data centers worldwide.
Back in April TMCnet reported that BLADE has signed a patent cross-license agreement with IBM.
According to BLADE officials, the company over the past three years has been providing industry-first data center networking solutions for IBM (News - Alert) , including the first native 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch for IBM BladeCenter, the first top-of-rack switch for iDataPlex in massive Web 2.0-style data centers and cloud computing, and the first network virtualization solution that automates the enterprise data center for dynamic migration of virtual machines.
Officials said that BLADE currently delivers its embedded Ethernet switches for IBM BladeCenter under the “BNT” name and its top-of-rack RackSwitch data center switches for IBM’s iDataPlex and IBM System Cluster 1350.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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