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ARMONK, NY – - 01 Sep 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced Voltaire Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOLT), an infrastructure provider for data centers, has selected the company’s newest IBM iDataPlex server for a new global cloud computing resource center. The center, which will be based in Israel and available online, will offer developers, partners and IT managers an environment to integrate and fully test cloud-based solutions.
The center will be powered in-part by IBM’s newest iDataPlex dx360 M2 server, which features expanded memory from previous versions (128 GB); support for the new VMware vSphere 4TM virtualization platform; and overall performance benchmarks recently listing the iDataPlex as the most power-efficient system among similar technology products, as compiled by SPECpower_ssj2008 benchmark1. The new Voltaire-designed center will extend these advancements to all companies interested; for example, SaaS companies will be able to leverage the center to benchmark their applications, such as broadcasting services and gaming. Also, the new center will maintain a list of testing results and blueprints for the solutions created, providing a vital technical and marketing resource and best-practices guide for current and future cloud innovations.
“Virtualization, which plays an important role in cloud computing, has major implications on network architectures and overall data center design,” said Asaf Somekh, vice president of marketing, Voltaire. “Our technology partners will use the new center to develop new fabric-based architectures for the cloud, so we were looking for a system that would not only satisfy the intense power-efficiency and scalability requirements Voltaire has for our new testing center, but also be equally efficient and easily manageable. The iDataPlex provides the right mix of technology innovation and computing power to help our new center reach its ambitious goals.”
In addition to making the list of most energy efficient computers in the world according to The Green500 List2 (http://www.green.500.com), iDataPlex is also among the fastest, according to The Top 500 Supercomputing Sites3. The newest iDataPlex technology – which will be unveiled at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco this week – achieves up to 40 percent4 more performance per watt compared to other similar technology, while shaving 8-watts off total energy requirements from previous versions of iDataPlex5.
IBM also announced two new virtualization technologies at VMworld, aimed at curing today’s overstressed datacenter servers:
· The IBM BladeCenter Virtual Fabric offers performance, scalability and investment protection. This solution can help to significantly reduce complexity and total cost of ownership by enabling up to eight virtual ports per Virtual Fabric adapter. At the same time, it provides clients the ability to allocate and adjust bandwidth at increments of 100Mb, thereby increasing network utilization. IBM BladeCenter Virtual Fabric also offers investment protection for the future technology like Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Single Root IO Virtualization (SR-IOV).
· Continuing to demonstrate leadership with VMware, IBM will also be previewing one of several projects IBM and VMware are jointly developing, with the goal of producing technologies that display and manage energy usage of individual hosts and virtual machines within a datacenter. This ‘power metering’ technology can help customers track energy-efficiency of specific platforms and workloads, and provide never-before-measured data such as aggregate and per-virtual machine power metrics for a cluster of machines.
The availability for the new iDataPlex dx360 M2 is planned for early September. The availability for the BladeCenter Virtual Fabric is planned for the fourth quarter, 2009.
Voltaire (NASDAQ: VOLT) is a leading provider of scale-out computing fabrics for data centers, high performance computing and cloud environments. Voltaire’s family of server and storage fabric switches and advanced management software improve performance of mission-critical applications, increase efficiency and reduce costs through infrastructure consolidation and lower power consumption. Its products are used by more than 30 percent of the Fortune 100 and other premier organizations across many industries. Founded in 1997, Voltaire is headquartered in Ra’anana, Israel and Billerica, Massachusetts. More information is available at www.voltaire.com.
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1 Forward Looking Statements Information provided in this press release may contain statements relating to current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about future events that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally relate to Voltaire's plans, objectives and expectations for future operations and are based upon management's current estimates and projections of future results or trends. They also include third-party projections regarding expected industry growth rates. Actual future results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These factors include, but are not limited to, those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Voltaire’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2008. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
2 1 According to the SPEC® (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation) performance per watt results published August 27, 2009. Results can be found at http://www.spec.org/power_ssj2008/results/power_ssj2008.html. System used included the new Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor L5530 and a 900-watt high-efficiency power supply. The dx360 M2’s score is nearly 17% higher than the 1,909 overall ssj_ops/watt achieved by the HP ProLiant DL170h G6 with the Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor L5520 (8 cores/2 chips/4 cores per chip). Compared to its previous score of 2,066 achieved with the Intel Xeon X5570, the dx360 M2’s score represents a power-efficiency improvement of nearly 8%. Notably, the dx360 M2’s new score demonstrates up to 40% better performance per watt than HP and Dell 2-processor systems also configured with the Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor X5570.
3 2 According to The Green500 list published as of August 27, 2009. Results and system configuration can be found at http://www.green.500.com.
4 3 According to The Top 500 Supercomputing Sites published as of August 27, 2009. Results and system configuration can be found at http://www.top500.com.
5 4 According to the SPEC® (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation) performance per watt results published August 27, 2009. Results can be found at http://www.spec.org/power_ssj2008/results/power_ssj2008.html. System used included the new Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor L5530 and a 900-watt high-efficiency power supply. The dx360 M2’s score is nearly 17% higher than the 1,909 overall ssj_ops/watt achieved by the HP ProLiant DL170h G6 with the Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor L5520 (8 cores/2 chips/4 cores per chip). Compared to its previous score of 2,066 achieved with the Intel Xeon X5570, the dx360 M2’s score represents a power-efficiency improvement of nearly 8%. Notably, the dx360 M2’s new score demonstrates up to 40% better performance per watt than HP and Dell 2-processor systems also configured with the Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor X5570.
6 5 According to published IBM system spec sheets, found at http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/hardware/idataplex/index.html