Force10 Networks lays out 40 Gigabit Ethernet switching roadmap

Force10 Networks says the future of the data center is in 40 Gigabit Ethernet switching products. So at Interop Las Vegas 2010, Force10 Networks is launching its 40 Gigabit Ethernet product roadmap -- and a speed war. Never mind that it'll be a while before solid product is actually available.

Force10 goes 40 Gigabit Ethernet

Force10 Networks says that the future of enterprise data centers is 40 Gigabit Ethernet. With that in mind, the company laid out a 40 Gigabit Ethernet roadmap, promising that it will introduce enterprise-grade 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switching, from the rack to the core, this year.

"We're putting our stake in the ground in the high-speed war," said Kevin Wade, senior director of product marketing. "While 100 Gigabit Ethernet is the key for the service provider core, we believe better economics will drive adoption of 40 Gigabit in enterprise data centers."

With ratification of 40 Gigabit expected this summer, Force10 hopes to be first to market with 40 GbE modular switch/routers and 10 GbE top-of-rack data center switches with 40 GbE uplinks.

NEXT: Force10 is not alone in 40 Gigabit Ethernet.

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This was first published in April 2010

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