Sunday, March 27, 2005

Force10 Debuts Fixed Configuration Data Center Switches

Force10 Networks ntroduced its fixed configuration S50 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center switch. The Force10 S50 delivers line-rate high density Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet to the server edge of high performance data centers. The one rack unit S50 supports 48 line-rate 10/100/1000 ports and two optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks.

The S50 features 192 Gbps of switching capacity. Network operators can stack up to eight Force10 S50s to create a single virtual switch, simplifying network management. To increase resiliency in high performance environments, the Force10 S50 supports a full complement of Layer 3 features, enabling multiple redundant paths through the network. Additionally, the S50 leverages a suite of resiliency features, including pre-provisioning, hot insertion and removal of stacked switches, protection against stack splits in the event of a single switch failure, advanced link aggregation and 10 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth for stacking.

The Force10 S50 data center switch has a list price of $8,000 and will be available in April 2005. An optional 2-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet XFP Module carries a list price of $6,500. A Layer 3 Software Upgrade is priced at $2,000.



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