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November 3, 2010

Force10 Networks introduces 40 GbE offering for data centres

Unveils 40 GbE line card for the ExaScale core switch/router

By CBR Staff Writer

Force10 Networks has announced a 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40 GbE) offering, the S-Series S4810 10/40 GbE top-of-rack (ToR) switch, which incorporates the company’s Open Automation Framework.

The company said its S4810 10/40 GbE ToR switch leverages a non-blocking, cut-through switching architecture, and delivers line-rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding capacity with ultra low latency.

The S4810 design provides 48 dual-speed 1/10 GbE ports as well as four 40 GbE uplinks to conserve rack space.

Force10 is delivering connectivity from the data centre edge to the core with the new 40 GbE line card for the company’s ExaScale virtualised core switch/router.

The company said its ExaScale switch scales to 56 40 GbE ports in a single, half-rack chassis and offers 10 GbE density, supporting up to 560 ports in a half-rack chassis.

Force10 Networks chief marketing officer Arpit Joshipura said coupling the ExaScale in the core and the S4810 at the network edge with the Force10 Open Automation Framework creates a two-tier, logically flat and non-blocking 10/40 GbE data centre network solution that delivers increased bandwidth and decreased complexity.

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"At the same time, it contributes to reduced operational expenses by providing greater availability and manageability in virtualised data centre environments," Joshipura said.

Force10 said the S4810 will begin shipping to customers by the end of this quarter, and the 40 GbE line card for the ExaScale virtualised core switch/router will ship to customers in the first half of 2011.

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