Foundry expands 10 Gig product family

Foundry Networks is promising cost savings and improved bandwidth capacity & density with the 10 Gigabit Ethernet card that it has added to its product portfolio.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  March 9, 2003

Foundry Networks is promising cost savings and improved bandwidth capacity & density with the 10 Gigabit Ethernet card that it has added to its 10 Gig product portfolio. According to the vendor, the card, which utilises Xenpak based hot-pluggable optical transceivers, offers twice the density and bandwidth capacity of its existing solutions.

In a bid to push 10 Gigabit Ethernet uptake, Foundry is also introducing more competitive pricing, which it clams can offer up 36% savings on previous solutions.

The 10 Gig card will allow users to upgrade their existing Foundry BigIron, NetIron, and JetCore FastIron chassis with double density 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in a single slot. The solution is also capable of providing either long reach capability of up to 10 kms or extended reach of 40 kms.

Foundry also says that the enhanced card has extended functionalities and features that allow it to address a wider range of applications, such as medical imaging file transfers, disaster recovery, video and server & data storage and aggregation of Gigabit Ethernet backbones.

Furthermore, the two-part module enables wire-speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet ring topologies with rapid failover for campus connectivity and metro broadband access. The modules also support Foundry’s IronWare switching and routing capabilities, which include wire-speed Layer 2 switching, IP and IPX-based Layer 3 routing, Access Control Lists (ACLs) and traffic prioritisation to name but a few.

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