Colorado Springs, Colo. Force10 Networks Inc. has stuffed 224 ports of 10-Gbit Ethernet into its E1200 chassis, following up on the more than 1,000 ports of Gigabit Ethernet per node it fielded last spring. The new 16-port module, slated for introduction this week, can be used in the E600 and E1200 systems. Force10 is introducing both eight- and 16-port line cards for its TeraScale E series, and only the eight-port line card can be used in the low-end E300 chassis.
Each line card port is individually selectable for LAN or WAN physical layers. Force10 uses XFP optical modules suitable for short-, long- and extended-reach fiber links. The TeraScale series of switches is finding new applications in government research labs and large carrier peering centers, where multiple server connections with bandwidth above 1 Gbit/second per channel are necessary. Force10 expects demand for high-density 10-Gbit aggregation to percolate down to the S-series chassis as well.
The 16-port module will be priced at $57,500 ($3,600 per port) and the eight-port module at $37,500 ($4,688/port). Both will ship in mid-December.