Blade.org Collaboration Involving BLADE Network Technologies, Chelsio Communications and NetApp Proves that 10 Gigabit Ethernet Delivers Large-Scale Business Application Throughput at Near Wire-Speeds
Santa Clara, Calif. - October 16, 2007
-- Members of Blade.org - BLADE Network Technologies Inc. (BLADE),
the leading provider of network switching infrastructure for blade
servers; Chelsio Communications (Chelsio), a leading provider of
10GbE network interface cards for servers and storage; and Network
Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) (NetApp), a leading provider of
storage and data management solutions - announced the completion of
a collaborative study through Blade.org demonstrating that blade
servers equipped with embedded 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)
networking can support large-scale business applications at near
wire-speeds in consolidated blade server architectures using NetApp
Ethernet and IP networked storage.
The study, conducted on the IBM BladeCenter
platform, found that by supporting multiple protocols, workloads
and integrated data management across a 10GbE network, customers
can protect their investment, lower IT infrastructure costs,
prevent datacenter equipment sprawl, and implement consolidation
and virtualization without sacrificing flexibility.
"Ethernet has a very good reputation for its
stability, flexibility and longevity. Customers expect these same
characteristics, in addition to the increased bandwidth that 10
Gigabit Ethernet brings, for their Next Generation Data Centers,"
said Joel Reich, General Manager for the NetApp SAN and iSCSI
Business Unit. "Our intent with this study of 10 Gigabit Ethernet
networked storage is to demonstrate the viability and readiness of
blade server architectures integrated with scalable storage in
order to simulate environments that are 'production-ready.'"
"The collaborative effort between BLADE and
NetApp is indicative of the type of community-driven model that
customers expect from the IT industry and, specifically, Blade.org,
the industry group driving innovation in blade-based solutions,"
said Vikram Mehta, President and CEO of BLADE Network Technologies.
"Customers can use the results of our study to improve the
performance of their computing, network, and storage
infrastructures using blade servers equipped with our embedded 10
Gigabit Ethernet switches, network interface cards from Chelsio,
and 10GbE storage subsystems from NetApp. Our solution can simplify
fabric topology in today's datacenters without compromising
"Chelsio's Unified Wire technology on the
server side and the filer side of this topology demonstrates the
benefits of fabric convergence on Ethernet. Not only can the
unmodified storage, clustering, and networking applications be run
concurrently, they can do so with higher performance than Fibre
Channel and InfiniBand and at no incremental cost to the customer,"
said Kianoosh Naghshineh, president and CEO of Chelsio.
"Additionally, the fact that this convergence is routable will
enable a whole new class of applications and usability for the
The primary focus of the study released by
Blade.org, BLADE, Chelsio and NetApp is to demonstrate and validate
the throughput potential of 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking in a
blade environment with an actual database workload. The test bed
consisted of a three-node Oracle RAC database configured on an IBM
BladeCenter with HS21 high density, dual and quad core blades. IBM
BladeCenter is the broadest portfolio of blade offerings in the
industry, with a common architecture that allows clients to mix and
match offerings to suit their specific needs.
Each node had a single 10GbE or 4Gb Fibre
Channel path to the NetApp storage system depending on the test
configuration. Each node generated database queries typical of
read-intensive Decision Support System (DSS) workloads with the
goal of maximizing the throughput generated across the respective
10GbE and Fibre Channel interconnects.
The study showed that:
- 10GbE is a viable alternative to Fibre Channel
for mission critical workloads.
- 10GbE environments deliver more than 2x
greater throughput compared to 4Gb Fibre Channel and 10GbE will
outperform 8Gb Fibre Channel technology.
- 10GbE is positioned as a better storage
interconnect compared to InfiniBand.
These results prove conclusively that:
- Deploying 10GbE simplifies customers'
datacenter fabric, reduces equipment footprint, will dramatically
lower power consumption and cooling requirements through
consolidation, and reduces Total Cost of Ownership for IT
- Blade server platforms are an ideal way for
enterprises, large and small, to consolidate their compute,
network, and storage infrastructure without compromising
performance, functionality, and availability.
Blade servers, when combined with storage
systems that can support essential data management services, such
as boot from SAN, non-disruptive data protection, and secure data
archive, allow customers to benefit from the flexibility and
increased bandwidth of a "unified wire," all-Ethernet datacenter
10GbE is ready for mission critical, storage
intensive applications and offers significant cost benefits when
compared to Fibre Channel.
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focused on accelerating the development and adoption of blade
server solutions. The organization provides leadership to the blade
market and fosters a thriving industry ecosystem focused on
delivering valuable solutions to blade computing customers. For
more information, visit the organization online at
About Network Appliance, Inc.
Network Appliance is a leading provider of innovative data
management solutions that simplify the complexity of storing,
managing, protecting, and retaining enterprise data. Market leaders
around the world choose NetApp to help them reduce cost, minimize
risk, and adapt to change. For solutions that deliver unmatched
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About Chelsio Communications
Chelsio Communications is leading the convergence of networking,
storage and clustering interconnects with its robust,
high-performance and proven unified wire technology. Featuring a
highly scalable and programmable architecture, Chelsio is shipping
10-Gigabit Ethernet and multi-port Gigabit Ethernet adapter cards,
delivering the low latency and superior throughput required for
high-performance computing applications. For more information,
visit the company online at
About BLADE Network Technologies
BLADE Network Technologies is the market-leading supplier of
Gigabit and 10G Ethernet, IP, and Application Switches for blade
server systems globally. BLADE is the first vendor to focus
exclusively on serving the network infrastructure needs of the
rapidly growing blade server market. The company's end-users
include Fortune 500 companies across 26 different industry
segments. As the number-one supplier of network switches for blade
servers, BLADE boasts an installed base of more than 133,000 blade
switches (representing approximately 3 million switch ports) around
the world. In 2006, BLADE was established as a fully independent
company when it purchased certain assets of Nortel's Blade Server
Switch Business Unit. For more information, visit BLADE at
Tim Helms (Helms Communications)
BLADE Network Technologies