Sunday, May 13, 2007

Force10 Unveils C-Series Resilient Switch for Midsize Data Centers

Force10 Networks introduced its C300 resilient switch for midsize data centers and enterprise wiring closets.

The platform combines Force10 Operating System (FTOS) modular software for reliability with full hardware resiliency with redundant components and hot insertion technologies to ensure maximum network uptime. The modular FTOS includes an industry standard command line interface (CLI) that simplifies management and leverages the installed base of networking knowledge. Additionally, the C300 features HP OpenView-ready plug-ins with XML and SNMP MIB hooks for rapid integration into existing data center and wiring closet environments. The passive backplane of the C300 also means that it doesn't act as a single point of failure.

The C300 has a switching capacity of 1.5 Terabits per second (Tbps) or 96 Gbps per slot, providing the scalable capacity that will allow enterprises to expand their networks to support new applications without the cost of a system upgrade.

The C300 supports 384 line-rate Gigabit and 32 line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports in a single chassis. Force10 said the scalable capacity of the backplane enables the C-Series to support multiple density increases in the future, providing long-term investment protection.

The Force10 C300 is priced at $20,000.

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