Byte & Switch: Blade Network Technologies has supplied Hewlett-Packard with a 10-Gbit/s Ethernet switch blade for HP's BladeSystem servers.
This makes HP the second blade server vendor, after IBM, to offer a 10-Gbit/s switch for its blade server. Blade Network Technologies also supplies IBM. (See IBM Flashes 10-Gig Switch Blade.)
The switch blade connects all servers in the BladeSystem directly to a core router or switch. Dubbed the HP 1:10Gb Ethernet BL-c switch, it's available now for $5,000 -- though Blade can't make any customers available to comment, since it OEMs through IBM and HP.