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Force 10 to go with 40 GbE

Force10 networks to adopt new 40 GbE standard in switch and router range as best incremental step up in speed

Force 10 to go with 40 GbE
Force10 says 40 GbE is a more affordable escalation path for businesses than going straight to 100 GbE.

Force10 Networks will incorporate the emerging IEEE standard 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40 GbE) into its switch/router solutions to provide the most economical incremental step from 10 GbE for dynamic data centres.

The company says that 40 GbE currently represents a more economical increase in Ethernet transmission rates than stepping up to 100 GbE technology.

From the uplink at the server edge to the network core, Force10 plans to take a leadership role and develop solutions focused on this important emerging IEEE standard. 40 GbE is expected to be ratified by the IEEE in June.

"It is an exciting time as the investment made by the industry over the past four years in 40 GbE and 100 GbE is set to culminate in June with the ratification of the IEEE P802.3ba standard," said John D'Ambrosia, chair of the IEEE P802.3ba Task Force and director of standards for Force10 Networks. "This standard will provide the tools needed to add bandwidth and reduce complexity in the data centre."

Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data centre networks, Infonetics Research added: "The unstoppable crush of data is causing scaling problems in data centres that are today confined to 10 GbE networks. Even though 100 GbE is desired, data centre owners are looking for practical relief offered in the lower-cost 40 GbE. 100 GbE makes sense at some point as the technology becomes more cost effective, but customers want solutions to simplify their data centre networks and drive down costs today."

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