Monday, December 7, 2009

Force10 Adds 50-Port Gigabit and 10-Port 10GbE Cards

Force10 Networks has introduced two new line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) and GbE line cards for use within its ExaScale virtualized core switch/routers that incorporate flexible pluggable transceiver modules. The 10-port 10 GbE line card and 50-port GbE line card for the ExaScale E1200 and the midsized ExaScale E600 chassis facilitate greater density.

The new ExaScale 10-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) line card provides support for SR, LR, ER, ZR, and CX4 interfaces using pluggable XFP transceiver modules, making them ideally suited data centers as well as in WAN and long-haul optical networks. Utilizing XFPs that also incorporate DWDM enables the support of direct, data center-to-data center interconnections over the deployed optical infrastructure using an alien wavelength.

The new ExaScale 50-port GbE line card supports pluggable SFP modules, which provide support for SX, LX, ZX and 1000Base-T interfaces. The line card's high-density design enables the ExaScale switch/router to support up to 700 line-rate GbE SFP ports in a single chassis.

Pricing for the 50-port 10/100/1000Base-T line card starts at $42,000. The 10-port 10GbE starts at $66,000.

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