Force10 expands carbon credit program, includes top-of-rack switches

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 16, 2011

Force10S4810Force10 Networks, a technology solutions provider, recently announced the expansion of its carbon credit program to include those customers purchasing selected models of its S-Series 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) top-of-rack (ToR) access switches. This expansion is expected to enable customers who buy ExaScale virtualized core switch/routers and now the S4810, to receive carbon credits, which offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with the energy consumption of these solutions. Carbon credits are provided through TerraPass, a third-party provider.

“By incorporating the popular S4810 into our carbon credit program, users can reap the benefits of the lower power/cooling costs in addition to enjoying a switching solution that is part of the industry’s only end-to-end 40 GbE product line that delivers extremely low latency with unmatched reliability,” remarked Arpit Joshipura, chief marketing officer, Force10 Networks.

According to the company, as part of this Initiative, for every unit of the S4810 sold, the company will retire carbon credits to balance the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the S4810’s electricity consumption for the life of the switch or up to five years, whichever occurs first. TerraPass then uses those offsets to help fund clean energy and carbon reduction projects throughout the U.S., including wind power, farm power, and landfill gas capture to create verified offsets for the carbon emissions generated by the ToR switches.

In an independent study conducted by the Lippis Group, and Ixia, a converged IP network test solutions provider, the switch recently demonstrated 5 percent to 70 percent lower latency than comparable switches in a 10 GbE configuration based on a network performance and power test. The tests on the S4810 and competitive switches were for RFC-based latency, performance and power consumption measurements in layer 2 and layer 3 configurations, informed the company.

The S4810 ToR access switch is available at $25,000.