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  • Estimate street price in 2008 by Forrester research group
  • The throughput comparison was done using Oracle as the Database.
  • Tolly #209115, “BLADE Network Technologies RackSwitch G8100 Series: Competitive Performance Evaluation versus Cisco Catalyst 4900M Switch,” May 2009Tolly #209116, “BLADE Network Technologies: RackSwitch G8000, G8100, and G8124 Functionality Certification and Cisco Catalyst Interoperability Evaluation,” May 2009

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  • 1. Optimizing Data Centre Networking for Energy-Efficient Datacenters
    November 2009
  • 2. Key Points
    Datacenter networking energy consumption and efficiency
    Virtualization-aware networking
    Converged datacenter switching fabrics on to 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    7-Dec-09
    www.bladenetwork.net
    2
  • 3. BLADE Background
    Products
    Switches for Blade Servers
    Top-of-Rack switches
    Virtualization & management
    Achievements
    7M datacenter ports shipped
    16,000+ switches at one customer
    54% unit growth in 2008
    50+% blade switch market share
    Firsts
    1st CEE, Layer 2-3 & Layer 2-7 for blades
    1st 10G for blade servers
    1st to provide blade network virtualization
    1st Green Networking company
    Customers
    Over 300 of the Fortune 500; 9000+ customers worldwide
    26+ industries
    Key partnerships:
    Facts
    Independent, private company since February 2006
    Santa Clara, CA Headquarters
    Offices in Canada, Europe, Middle East, Japan, China, Korea
    According to the Dell’Oro group, BLADE holds 5th place for the fix 1 Gigabit Ethernet market share and 3rd for 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    7-Dec-09
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  • 4. Growing Pressures on Datacenters
    Busier servers
    Virtualization
    Multicore CPUs
    Multiple fabrics
    More servers
    Consolidation
    Scale-out
    Web 2.0
    Clustering
    Vanishing resources
    Shrinking IT budgets
    Power & cooling squeeze
    Management complexity
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    www.bladenetwork.net
    7-Dec-09
  • 5. Ethernet is the Future
    Ports
    Avg $/Port
    Performance (Bandwidth & Latency)
    10Gb non-blocking, line-rate bandwidth with 595 Million Packets/sec
    Latency as low as .36µs for fast response time
    40Gb & 100Gb are on the horizon
    Management
    Universal Ethernet standard
    Single converged fabric for data and storage (using iSCSI, NAS or FCoE)
    Interoperates seamlessly
    Savings
    Switch <$500/10Gb port and falling
    Fewer cables than with multiple gigabit links
    Fewer ports = fewer components = less power & cooling
    Fastest growing fabric
    By 2011, 10Gb will account for over 20% of the LAN switch revenue (IDC)
    Source: Dell’Oro Ethernet Forecast Summary, February 2009
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    7-Dec-09
  • 6. Key Points
    Datacenter networking energy consumption and efficiency
    Virtualization-aware networking
    Converged datacenter switching fabrics on to 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    7-Dec-09
    www.bladenetwork.net
    6
  • 7. Reduce the Network Power Consumption
    www.bladenetwork.net
    12% of datacenter energy is used for networking equipment
    For every watt IT consumes, 3 watts are required to operate the datacenter
    BLADE has energy efficiency in its DNA
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    7-Dec-09
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  • 8. Top-of-Rack: Case Study
    7-Dec-09
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    Two switch per rack deployed in five racks (Total of ten G8124)
    Operating 24/7/365 during 3 years
    BLADE G8124 consumes 47% less energy than a leading competitor, this means:
    $20,000 less on your energy bill
    50,000 kg CO2 less in the atmosphere
    Requires 3,321 trees to offset
    Equivalent of 5 cars off the road!
  • 9. Lowering Power Consumption
    Conventional Data Center Switching Equipment
    75 Watts per 10G port
    3 Watts per 10G port
    300 Watts
    Cisco WS-X6704-10GE
    295.26 Watts
    www.cisco.com/powercalculator
    60 Watts
    “While external chassis-based switches from leading vendors like Cisco are commonplace in enterprise networks, these solutions do not always perform at wire speed and do not always offer low latency. At twice the throughput, and with nine times less latency than the Catalyst 6509, we expect the BLADE product will garner serious consideration by any enterprise considering blade server deployments.”
    - Kevin Tolly,The Tolly Group
    80% lower power consumption
    7-Dec-09
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  • 10. Blade Server Networking: Case Study
    7-Dec-09
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    25 Datacenter world wide, 18 rows filled with blade servers with pass-through modules
    Networking energy cost is $20,000 per row
    Replace the pass-through modules by BLADE embedded blade server switch:
    Reduce power by 50%
    Uses 75% less cables
    Saved 37 Million kWh
    20 Million kg CO2 less in the atmosphere
    Requires 2,5 Million trees to offset
    Equivalent of 3,700 cars off the road!
  • 11. Energy Efficiency
    7-Dec-09
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    Air flow is important for datacenter networking
    Power conserving design
    Built to operate at room temperature or higher
  • 12. Airflow to Match Servers and Storage
    Server
    Server
    Server
    Server
    Server
    Server
    Server
    Server
    Traditional Switch
    BLADE RackSwitch
    Side Cooled Switch
    BLADE RackSwitch
    Storage Device
    Storage Device
    Storage Device
    Storage Device
    Storage Device
    Storage Device
    Storage Device
    Storage Device
    Storage Device
    Storage Device
    • Most switches pull hot air from server exhaust creating “hot loops”
    • 13. More heat drives up cooling costs, and increases chance of failure for all components in the rack
    Using BLADE
    RackSwitch
    Using general-purpose switch
    Cold Aisle
    Hot Aisle
    Cold Aisle
    74°
    90°
    73°
    85°
    72°
    95°
    Hot Loops
    71°
    83°
    70°
    72°
    70°
    70°
    70°
    Side View
    Hot/Cold Aisle
    7-Dec-09
    www.bladenetwork.net
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  • 14. Key Points
    Datacenter networking energy consumption and efficiency
    Virtualization-aware networking
    Converged datacenter switching fabrics on to 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    7-Dec-09
    www.bladenetwork.net
    13
  • 15. Server Virtualization Is Commonplace – but Dynamic Migration is not!
    Up to 90% of datacenters are using server virtualization
    Gaining better utilization, efficiency, power savings
    Scaling up without financial impact of adding servers
    Freeing applications from physical hardware limitations
    But few customers are enabling VM’s to be dynamically created or moved
    Static VM deployment
    Dynamic VM deployment
    Source: IDC 2008
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    BLADE Network Technologies | Confidential
    7-Dec-09
  • 16. Introducing VMready
    VMready is switch-resident software – no stealing cycles from servers
    VMready automates network settings for VM movement
    Ensures network settings migrate with the VM
    VMready is open
    Works with all leading VM providers
    VMware VMotion, Xen XenMotion, Microsoft Hyper-v Live Migration, Sun, Oracle, etc.
    Standards-based – avoiding expensive vendor lock-ins
    Interfaces to management platforms
    Export data on VM usage for accounting, change management, etc.
    SmartConnect™ Switch
    VMready™
    VM1
    Video
    VM2
    VMready keeps VMs connected and protected as they move
    VM3
    VM1
    Web
    VM1
    VM6
    Backup
    VM3
    VM2
    7-Dec-09
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    BLADE Network Technologies | Confidential
  • 17. VMready in Action
    VMready
    Switch
    VLAN id
    QOS
    ACL
    VLAN id
    QOS
    ACL
    Ethernet
    Ethernet
    VMotion
    VM 4
    VM 3
    VM 1
    VM 3
    VM 5
    VM 2
    Server B
    Server A
    • Specific Virtual Machine (VM) network characteristics are associated with the switch “virtual” port
    • 18. VMready detects a Vmotion process and “moves” the network characteristics of the VM to the new physical switch port
    7-Dec-09
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    BLADE Network Technologies | Confidential
  • 19. Key Points
    Datacenter networking energy consumption and efficiency
    Virtualization-aware networking
    Converged datacenter switching fabrics on to 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    7-Dec-09
    www.bladenetwork.net
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  • 20. Ultra-Fast Converged Networks
    Ultra low, deterministic latency
    10x faster than conventional switches, as low as 360ns
    Non-blocking, line-rate architecture
    Ideal for high-speed trading networks and HPC applications
    Converged Data Center Fabric
    Loss-less fabric optimized for iSCSI, NAS and FCoE (CEE)
    IBM & BLADE announced the first FCoE Ready switch for the BladeCenter in June 2009
    7-Dec-09
    www.bladenetwork.net
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  • 21. Converged Switching Fabrics
    7-Dec-09
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    • Several discreet networks are connecting toan individual server
    • 22. Cable management issues, rack space, air flow obstruction, etc.
  • Converged Switching Fabrics : Case Study
    7-Dec-09
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    100 new servers for a server virtualization project with six Gigabit Ethernet and two fiber channel connections
    Replaced by BLADE 10 Gigabit Ethernet converged switches:
    35% CAPEX reduction
    4x less rack space
    Requires 6x less energy
    114,169 kg CO2 less in the atmosphere
    Requires 14,309 trees to offset
    Equivalent of 21 cars off the road!
  • 23. Convergence on 10GbE
    Ethernet
    SAN, LAN, and Cluster traffic will converge on 10G Ethernet
    Lossless with Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE)
    Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
    Low latency for high-performance clusters (HPC)
    Low power due to fewer components
    Low cost – reduce adapters, cabling & management
    SAN
    Fibre Channel
    Ethernet
    LAN
    FCoE
    Traffic
    HPC Cluster
    RackSwitch
    G8124
    InfiniBand
    7-Dec-09
    www.bladenetwork.net
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  • 24. FCoE or IP Storage?
    Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is arriving:
    • FCoE will enable fabric consolidation while preserving
    investment in FC storage and management tools
    • Pre-standard products are shipping today
    • 25. Requires lossless CEE capable switches > BLADE is an early leader
    • 26. IP Storage is a mature technology:
    • 27. IP Storage works well today with wide vendor support
    • 28. No new Ethernet switches required
    • 29. Bottom line servers need to be connected with a single wire, you choose the right protocol
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  • 30. 10G Ethernet iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel
    Source: http://www.blade.org/docs/wp/10GbE_Blade_Performance_Final.pdf
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  • 31. The Need for a Better Network Design
    7-Dec-09
    BLADE Network Technologies Confidential
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    • Hierarchical design is best suited for enterprise —not the datacenter
    • 32. Complex and expensive to implement and maintain
    • 33. Various discreet equipment consume a lot of energy and generate a lot of heat
    • 34. Compromise scalability due to the added latency of the various components
    Core
    Distribution
    Access
  • 35. 7-Dec-09
    Rackonomics: Racks are the Base Units
    The Replicated Rack is the New Data Center!
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  • 36. Simplified Scalability: SmartConnect
    SmartConnect™ Switch Virtualization
    Share I/O across a blade chassis or rack
    Decouple scaling of CPU, I/O and storage
    Server-centric for server administrators
    Create Virtual Switch Group (VSG)
    Assign Network config & servers to VSG
    Servers can be moved, replaced and added and the proper Network config will always be applied
    Simplified configuration interface (No Network PhD required)
    Web traffic
    Video traffic
    Backup traffic
    7-Dec-09
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  • 37. Putting it All TogetherVirtual, Cooler, Easier Networking
    Datacenter
    Network
    BLADE RackSwitch
    Virtualization Software
    SmartConnect™ with VMready™
    BLADEHarmony™ Manager
    BLADE Switches for HP, IBM, NEC, Verari
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    7-Dec-09
  • 38. BLADE Embedded Product Overview
    Software
    Hardware
    IBM
    • Server Connectivity Module
    • 39. Intelligent Copper Pass-through Module
    • 40. Layer 2-7 Application Switch Module
    • 41. GE Layer 2/3 switch (Copper & Fiber)
    • 42. GE-down/10G-uplink Layer 2/3 switch
    • 43. 1Gb/10Gb Ethernet Layer 2/3 switch
    • 44. All 10G Layer 2/3 switch
    • 45. RackSwitch 8000 (iDataPlex & Cluster 1350)
    • 46. RackSwitch 8100/8124 (iDataPlex & Cluster 1350)
    HP
    • GE Layer 2/3 switch (Copper & Fiber) for p-Class
    • 47. GE Layer 2 switch (Copper) for c-Class
    • 48. GE Layer 2/3 switch (Dual Mode Copper/Fiber) for c-Class
    • 49. GE-down/GE & 10G-uplink Layer 2/3 switch for c-Class
    • 50. All 10G Layer 2/3 switch for c-Class
    NEC
    • GE Layer 2 switch (Copper)
    • 51. GE Layer 2/3 switch (Dual Mode: Copper/Fiber)
    • 52. All 10G Layer 2/3 switch
    • 53. SmartConnect™(Network virtualization software)
    • 54. VMready™
    • 55. ServerMobility™ Software
    • 56. IBM Open Fabric Manager with BNT Virtual Switch Extensions
    • 57. BLADEHarmony™ Manager (management software)
    • 58. SmartPanel™ (Simplified switch software)
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  • 59. BLADE RackSwitch
    RackSwitch G8000
    RackSwitch G8100
    RackSwitch G8124
    Greater Performance
    Applications and user experience improvement.
    Ultra-low Latency
    Green Technology
    Lowest cost of operation & airflow respecting cold/hot aisle design.
    Energy Efficiency
    Features set design for server connectivity, not backbone or wiring closet.
    Best “Edge” Technology
    Server Connectivity Focus
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  • 60. Switches Designed for the Data Center
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  • 61. RackSwitch Family Ethernet SwitchesTop Of Rack – 1U Switches
    RackSwitch G8100
    10G Low Latency Switch
    RackSwitch G8000
    1/10G Ethernet Switch
    24 ports, 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    • 20 ports CX4 – the proven lowest latency
    • 62. 4 ports SFP+ for uplinks (10/1G)
    • 63. Lowest latency – 300 nsec
    • 64. Patented CX4 cable retainer solves cable issues
    48 ports, Gigabit Ethernet with 10G Uplinks
    • 44 ports 1G, RJ-45 copper
    • 65. 4 ports 1G, SFP
    • 66. 4 ports 10G, CX4 or SFP+ for uplinks
    BLADE Top of Rack Switches Designed for Data Center
    • Front-to-Back Airflow
    • 67. Variable Speed Fans – automatically reduce power draw
    • 68. Built-in redundant power supplies and fan units
    • 69. Data Center Class Switching ASIC
    • 70. Front Facing Uplink Ports
    Leading Price Performance
    • Zero dropped packets in full mesh testing
    • 71. Line Rate Performance
    • 72. Aggressive Pricing
    Mature IP – leveraging our experience:
    • >200,000 BLADE Switches currently operating in Cisco-powered datacenters
    • 73. 100% successful Tolly Switch Interop on closely related BLADE switches
    • 74. Cisco-like CLI
    RackSwitch G8124
    10G SFP+ Switch
    24 ports, 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    • 24 ports SFP+ for uplinks (10/1G)
    • 75. Low latency – sub 700 nsec
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  • 76. Certified Interoperability
    Certified interoperability with Cisco Catalyst
    Configurable using “Cisco-Like” CLI commands – no re-training needed
    1000s of BLADE switches interop with Cisco everyday
    http://www.bladenetwork.net/userfiles/file/PDFs/Tolly209116BladeRackSwitchInteroperability.pdf
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  • 77. BLADE’s RackSwitch Outperforms Cisco
    • BLADE versus Cisco 4900:
    • 78. 8x lower latency
    • 79. 2x more throughput
    • 80. 3x greater energy efficiency
    • 81. 6x better price/performance ratio
    http://www.bladenetwork.net/userfiles/file/PDFs/Tolly209115BladeG8124Performance.pdf
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  • 82. Key Points
    BLADE reduce over 50% of the networking energy consumed in your datacenters
    Carefully design with power efficiency
    Converge several networks over 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    Outperform any other Ethernet switch on the market on:
    Latency
    Throughput
    Power consumption
    Resiliency
    Price
    7-Dec-09
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  • 83. Thank You
    Please visit www.bladenetwork.net
    Follow us on @BLADENetwork
    www.bladenetwork.net