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Big Blue Snaps up Rising Ethernet Switching Co.

India, Nov. 3 -- BLADE will become part of IBM Systems and Technology Group. The company specializes in software and devices that route data and transactions to and from servers.

As an investor in BLADE Network Technologies and a strategic alliance partner with IBM, Juniper issued a statement, which said "This deal is beneficial for Juniper. And it will enable us to collaborate more closely when our products and services are deployed together. All three companies are aligned in our commitment to addressing customers' most challenging connectivity needs for next-generation data center networks."

IBM and BLADE have worked together since 2002, and have thousands of joint clients. In fact, IBM said that more than 50 percent of IBM System x BladeCenters currently attach to or use BLADE products.

Formed in 2002 as a division of Nortel Networks, BLADE was branched off by founder Vikram Mehta in 2006 with the backing of Garnett & Helfrich. In 2009, NEC and Juniper came on board as investors.

In mid-October, the data center switching company BLADE unwrapped the first single-chip 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) top-of-rack switch to deliver more than one Terabit of low-latency throughput to the data center. Labeled RackSwitch G8264, it brings unprecedented speed and intelligence to the edge of the network, said BLADE.

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Date:Nov 3, 2010
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