Sunday, April 24, 2005

Force10 Packs 1,260 GigE Ports into a Chassis

Force10 Networks introduced the industry's first 90-port Gigabit Ethernet line card, increasing the density of its 14-slot TeraScale E-Series family of switch/routers to more than 1,260 Gigabit Ethernet ports per chassis. This sets a new industry benchmark for Gigabit Ethernet density and represents nearly three times the density of competitive solutions, according to the company.

Force10 Networks said this high-level of GigE port density could lead to more efficient designs of corporate data centers. Rather than deploying several tiers of Ethernet switches, large numbers of enterprise servers could be more easily managed if connected to single, central switch router. The company cited the market momentum for high-density blade servers with multi-core CPUs, as well as the larger trend toward grid computing, leading to denser, more-powerful and more efficient data centers.

  • In March 2005, Force10 Networks introduce fixed configuration its S50 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center switch. 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.

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