Foundry launches 48-port 10/100/1000 Mbps module

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 20, 2005

Foundry Networks, solutions provider for end-to-end switching, routing and application web switching has announced a wire-speed 48-port 10/100/1000 Mbps module for its BigIron RX-Series family of high-performance Layer 2/3 Ethernet switches.

The new module increases the non-blocking Gigabit Ethernet capacity to 768 ports for a single switch and 2,304 ports in a standard 7 foot equipment rack.

According to Foundry, the high-density configurations of the module are best suited for high capacity server farms and high performance computing environments where the number of servers and compute nodes require non-blocking interconnect solutions.

“Data center class solutions must be able to scale to very high capacities and maintain wire-speed packet processing and forwarding to ensure application performance and integrity,” said Bob Schiff, VP and GM - enterprise business unit, Foundry Networks.

“The combination of high port capacity, non-blocking design and low power consumption make the BigIron RX-Series family of switches an ideal solution for a range of applications, including Internet Exchanges, enterprise and service provider data centers and high-performance computing environments,” added Schiff.

The new module uses a new design which utilizes compact mini RJ-21 connectors and cables to streamline cable management reducing the number of cables significantly as compared to solutions that use standard RJ-45 Ethernet connectors and cables.

Also BigIron RX-16’s chassis is fully configured with 768 wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet ports and consumes less than 7 watts per gigabit port which in turn increases power efficiency and reduces power usage by up to 40%, according to the vendor.

The RX-BI48T 48-port 10/100/1000 I/O module with mini RJ-21 connectors is priced at $15,995 for U.S. customers and $17,595 for International customers and will be available in the first quarter of 2006.

Foundry products are available in India through D-Link India Ltd.