Runt Packet No 6 – Force 10 Networks

I’ve been hearing about Force10 Networks as a large scale ethernet switch provider for some time. It’s time to touch base and find out what they are doing.

I spoke with Steve Garrison from Force10 to get an introduction to the company and their products. I’ll let the show speak for itself.

One of the more interesting aspects is the Open Automation strategy, due to be announced later in the year, that offers support for a large number of scripting languages and, as I understand it, a collection of scripts for you to use in your own Network Management system.

Force10 offers very high density ethernet which results in less equipment, less power and less opex. Combined with their custom silicon for lossless, line rate, non blocking ethernet forwarding they have been a significant player at the high end of the market for many years.


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