Force10 Introduces 40 Gigabyte Ethernet Switches

Force10 has released a 40 gigabyte per second ethernet switch, with 10 Gbps ports, as part of its bid to gain market share among data centres and other groups that need extremely large amounts of bandwidth.

The company is also offering the 10 GE “Force10 S7000” switch as well as the Z9512 switch (for preview only), the new-age chassis core switch which is equipped with lots of 10 GE, 40 GE and 100 GE ports.

Both these switches are inspired by Broadcom's Trident+ networking ASIC combined with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) that Force10 has created to speed up the device even more.

The new product is basically a fixed port switch, but with the added advantage of modular expansion ports. Apparently it has become a trend now amongst manufacturer to include this feature in all their high-end machines. One of the many key features that the S7000 can boast of is that it supports 128,000 MAC addresses and a maximum of 4,096 Virtual LANs.

Force10 chief marketing officer Arpit Joshipura told The Register that that the switch will cost $25,000 or more depending on the exact features chosen for the installation.

The Force10 S7000 switch is likely to hit the market sometime during the second half of the year.