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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Greg Ferro
Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count. He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus.
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  • brad

    In my experience nothing converges multiple, full IPv4 and IPv6 tables faster than the Brocade NetIron XMR.

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  • mark h

    Steve Garrison was very interesting to hear.
    Could he please adjust his use of microphone to avoid annoying frequent 'pop'.

    Regards, MH

  • Kesavan

    Thanks to Greg and the guest Steve. Never knew Force10 technology to this extent, nice to get it direct from them. This session had been quite an eye-opening for me w.r.t Force10 and its products!

    Keep it going!