The BLADE Network Technologies RackSwitch product line consists of line-rate, low latency and energy efficient 1-Gigabit Ethernet and 10-Gigabit Ethernet switches for data center and high-performance computing applications. Designed as a result of BLADE’s years of experience successfully building embedded blade switches for the blade server market, the RackSwitch product line offers tight integration and elements in common with the servers it supports. Rear-to-front or front-to-rear cooling is consistent with server designs, and facilitates data center energy efficiency schemes such as hot- and cold-aisle layouts. Switch ports can be front or rear-facing to allow closer proximity to server ports and thus, keep cable lengths short and performance optimized. From a centralized management platform, network managers can point and click to configure, monitor and manage both BLADE’s embedded switches and RackSwitches in a single rack enclosure or across a cluster of racks and servers.
- BLADE RackSwitch G8000 Series The RackSwitch G8000 is a 1-RU, fixed-configuration switch, with 48-ports of 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, plus four optional 10 GbE uplink ports. Four of the 48 1GbE ports can be figured with SFP optics to support fibre connectivity.