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ServerEngines Announces High-Performance 10Gb Ethernet and iSCSI SAN Mezzanine Card for HP BladeSystem c-Class

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- ServerEngines, a visionary supplier of silicon solutions optimized for next generation enterprise computing, today announced a high performance offering that enables HP BladeSystem c-Class customers to benefit from standards-based 10 Gigabit (10Gb) Ethernet & iSCSI storage area network (SAN) capabilities on a single card. ServerEngines has worked with HP to qualify the BEM3H10 c-Class mezzanine card for use with HP BladeSystem c-Class, attaining the designation of "HP BladeSystem c-Class Compatible".

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ — ServerEngines, a visionary supplier of silicon solutions optimized for next generation enterprise computing, today announced a high performance offering that enables HP BladeSystem c-Class customers to benefit from standards-based 10 Gigabit (10Gb) Ethernet & iSCSI storage area network (SAN) capabilities on a single card. ServerEngines has worked with HP to qualify the BEM3H10 c-Class mezzanine card for use with HP BladeSystem c-Class, attaining the designation of "HP BladeSystem c-Class Compatible".

The combination of the ServerEngines BEM3H10 c-Class mezzanine card and HP BladeSystem c-Class can help accelerate the growth of high-performance 10Gb Ethernet and iSCSI SAN environments by enabling users to unify Ethernet and Block Storage networks while providing high bandwidth, low latency, shared IP storage and scalability. Working with the HP 10Gb Ethernet BL-c Switch, the ServerEngines BEM3H10 can interoperate with iSCSI targets from all of the most prevalent Gigabit (1Gb) and 10Gb iSCSI targets, including those from HP, IBM, Network Appliance, and EMC.

The mid-market is one of the key targets for the new ServerEngines Mezzanine card. Mid-market customers typically use 1Gb Ethernet for networking and disk drives directly attached to individual servers for storage. But by combining one high performance 10 GbE network fabric with iSCSI for block storage shared across multiple blade servers within a BladeSystem enclosure, applications such as Microsoft(R) SQL Server, Microsoft(R) Exchange Server, financial analysis, data mining, market data analysis and database backups become vastly more scalable, provide higher performance and enable failover in increasingly popular Virtual Machine environments. SAN computing with the ServerEngines c-Class mezzanine card becomes compelling for mid-market customers because of its ease of management and low-cost advantages. The ServerEngines BEM3H10 mezzanine card is compatible with both HP BladeSystem c3000 and c7000 enclosures.

"We are excited to be working closely with HP, the world leader in providing innovative and affordable bladed infrastructure solutions to datacenters around the world," said Raju Vegesna, Chief Executive Office, ServerEngines. "The ServerEngines 10Gb Ethernet & iSCSI mezzanine card is ideal for supporting environments that require scalable, shared storage and the reliable uptimes needed to meet demanding business critical requirements."

"HP continues to grow its worldwide market leadership with HP BladeSystem c-Class, from the desktop to the largest datacenters," said Mark Potter, vice president, BladeSystem Division, HP. "By collaborating with ServerEngines, a valued member of the HP BladeSystem Solution Builder Program, we can help customers reduce network costs and complexity while increasing network performance and manageability."

ServerEngines' BEM3H10 fully supports Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 and can install and boot any Operating System including Red Hat and SUSE Linux, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (and Server 2008 when it ships later this year), VMware, and later this year, Solaris. ServerEngines 10Gb Ethernet & iSCSI drivers offer HP BladeSystem c-Class customers a choice of initiator modes: Linux-based and Windows(R)-based iSCSI initiators. These initiators passed all interoperability tests at University of New Hampshire testing labs in October 2007.

The BEM3H10 10 Gb Ethernet & iSCSI SAN c-Class mezzanine card is available now from ServerEngines, priced at $799. To order, send an email to info@serverengines.com.

About the HP BladeSystem c-Class Compatible Designation

HP enables Solution Builder Program members to license specifications and develop add-on products for HP BladeSystem. Products being sold and supported directly by the program's licensed vendors are required to be tested for specification compliance and system compatibility. Components that have been successfully tested are designated by HP as HP BladeSystem c-Class Compatible and are supported directly by the vendor.

About ServerEngines LLC

ServerEngines LLC is a visionary supplier of silicon building blocks optimized for next generation enterprise computing. ServerEngines was formed in early 2004 and is based in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, visit http://www.serverengines.com.

SOURCE ServerEngines LLC

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