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Expanded Family of Resilient Switches Brings Data Center Reliability to Enterprise Network

Electrical Switches

SAN JOSE, Calif.--Force10 Networks® recently introduced the C150 resilient switch and a high density, 8-port line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet line card to provide enterprises with the level of reliability traditionally found in high-performance data centers. As an expansion of the C-Series family of switches, the C150 is said to deliver the reliability, network control, and scalability that enterprises require to support business-critical applications, including future applications that are only now emerging.

"The ability to easily port FTOS to new platforms enabled us to rapidly bring the C150 to market and provide enterprises with a product portfolio that can be optimized to meet the specific requirements of our diverse enterprise customers," said Sachi Sambandan, vice president of engineering at Force10 Networks, in a prepared statement. "With the E-Series, C-Series, and S-Series, Force10 is delivering consistent network reliability and predictable performance from the data center core to the wiring closet, enabling enterprises to leverage their networks as strategic assets."

To increase the deployment flexibility of the C-Series family of resilient switches, Force10 introduced an 8-port, line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet line card. With the density of this line card, the C300 can now support 64 line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, while the C150 supports 32. According to the company, the high-density line card enables IT and data center managers to mix fiber and copper interfaces on a single card, reducing costs and providing a more flexible way for enterprises to optimize their network architectures based on specific needs.

The Force10 C150 is a four-slot switch that supports 192 line-rate Gigabit and 32 line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. It also supports full 15.4W power over Ethernet across all 192 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and its intelligent power management system enables per port prioritization to optimize power in the event of a failure. With support for 96 Gigabits per second per slot, the C150 also delivers non-blocking throughput to guarantee line-rate performance, regardless of traffic conditions and the system capacity to double existing densities without a chassis upgrade.

Force10 Networks describes itself as a pioneer in the building and securing of reliable, high performance networks. By taking a "no compromise approach" to networking and advances in high-density Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching, routing, and security, the company delivers "innovative technologies that allow customers to transform their networks into strategic assets at the lowest total cost of ownership."

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