Sunday, May 10, 2009

Force10 Adds 90-port GigE Card to ExaScale Switch/Router

Force10 Networks has added a 90-port line card to its ExaScale family of virtualized switch/routers. The line card, built for the ExaScale E1200 and the ExaScale E600 midsized chassis, delivers greater 10/100/1000Base-T density and reduces power consumption by up to 70 percent per port. The company said it achieves the industry's lowest consumption rate.

At 100 Gbps/slot data capacity, the ExaScale card enables line-rate and non-blocking scalability for up to 1,260 10/100/1000Base-T ports in a half-rack chassis, or 630 ports in a one-third-rack chassis. The new line card is based on the ExaScale suite of advanced, packet processing and switching ASICs.

The Force10 ExaScale E600 chassis bundle starts at $63,500. Pricing for the 90-port 10/100/1000Base-T line card starts at $60,000.

  • Introduced in March 2009, the ExaScale E-Series represents Force10's third generation technology and incorporates several innovations to boost its high-level of non-blocking line-rate Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet densities. The platform boasts total throughput of more than two billion packets per second across a switching fabric capacity of up to 3.5 Tbps or 250 Gbps full duplex per slot. With support for 140 line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports in a half-rack chassis, the ExaScale E-Series can support 100 Gbps of useable data capacity per slot.

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