PISCATAWAY, NJ--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - Blade.org, the premier open, collaborative organization and developer community focused on accelerating the development and adoption of blade server solutions, announced today Tracewell Systems as the latest company to join as a general member.

Tracewell Systems is an advanced form factor engineering company that specializes in packaging high-performance, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products into rugged implementations that meet mil-spec requirements. The company has been working to design and manufacture a rugged blade server version for military and aerospace deployment. Tracewell's innovation is designed for customers who want to take advantage of the benefits of a COTS blade solution, but need a form factor that meets specific size, weight, power and environmental requirements.

"We are pleased to see Tracewell Systems join Blade.org," said Alex Yost, chairman, Blade.org. "They are a forward-thinking company, and we think their solution offers the Blade.org community an exciting opportunity to deploy their technologies and products in new ways and in new environments."

Blade.org was formed in 2006 with the mission to promote the development and innovation of blade server technology to help customers meet the growing demands on their IT infrastructures. Blade.org is putting the collective ingenuity of over 200 hardware vendors, software vendors and end-user members to work on challenges and opportunities within the today's datacenter.

"We are at a tipping point where high-performance, standard, COTS technology is revolutionizing solutions for the military, aerospace and other markets that need intensive data processing in form factors designed to withstand the impact of harsh and unusual environments," said Matt Tracewell, executive vice president, Tracewell Systems. "Our rugged blade solution was created to leverage present and future high-performance blade technologies, and we look forward to being a member of Blade.org and collaborating with this community to bring these technologies to market."

About Tracewell Systems

Tracewell Systems provides Advanced Form Factor Engineering ™ services to organizations that need to deploy high-performance computing hardware in harsh environmental conditions, including Department of Defense agencies and companies in aerospace, healthcare, telecom and other industries.

Since 1973, Tracewell Systems has provided innovative design, engineering and manufacturing services to some of the nation's largest military, aerospace and commercial organizations. The company applies industry expertise and patented technologies to create custom ruggedized systems from commercially available hardware. Tracewell Systems solutions help clients fulfill their mission IT requirements with equipment that meets the most demanding technical and environmental requirements. For more information, visit www.tracewell.com.

About Blade.org

Blade.org is a collaborative vendor and end-user community focused on accelerating the development and adoption of blade server solutions. The organization provides leadership to the blade market and fosters a thriving industry ecosystem focused on delivering valuable solutions to blade computing customers. More information is available at www.blade.org.

Contact Information: Media Contacts: Matt Tracewell Tracewell Systems +1 614 846-6175 mtracewell@tracewell.com Lisa Galish Blade.org Marketing Committee Chair +1 919 486-2280 galish@blade.org Jeff Pane Blade.org Marketing Coordinator +1 732 465-6605 jeff@blade.org