Foundry Leapfrogs High End Switching Vendors

By Paula Musich  |  Posted 2007-05-22 Print this article Print

Foundry's BigIron RX-32 leapfrogs ahead of competing offerings by providing the highest port density and fastest single-chassis switching in the market.

Foundry Networks on May 22 will go back to its roots as a high-performance, high-density switch maker when it launches its new BigIron RX-32 Layer 3 switch at Interop. Foundrys BigIron RX-32 leapfrogs ahead of competing offerings from Cisco or Force10 Networks by providing the highest port density and fastest single-chassis switching in the market, according to founder and CEO Bobby Johnson in Santa Clara, Calif.
"Foundry likes to focus on absolute price/performance leadership in the LAN. Today we are the high-performance leader with Foundrys existing high end RX at more than 1 billion packets per second. Now we are doubling our own leadership profile with the RX-32. It tops out at over 2.2 billion pps," Johnson said.
Although Foundry recently has focused its efforts on the wiring closet, the new BigIron RX-32, aimed at data center server aggregation, distribution layer aggregation, data mining, Internet Exchange Points and High Performance Computing applications, is a "back-to-the-future" exercise for Foundry, said Zeus Kerravala, industry analyst with The Yankee Group in Boston. "Utter the word Foundry and the most common thing that comes to mind is high-performance switching. Its got them to where they are today," he said. Johnson also boasted that the BigIron RX-32 delivers the greatest port density on the market. "Its got 128 10 Gigabit Ethernet non blocking, or 1536 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Its a network in a box. It takes our competitors many units to equal the performance and density of this device," he added. By boosting the total number of ports it can support in a single chassis, Foundry reduced the total rack space required to reach a similar density. In designing the new high-end switch, Foundry was mindful of power and cooling concerns for data centers, which are struggling to keep up with power requirements. The switch, designed on less power-hungry chip sets and Application Specific Integrated Circuits, will consume 11.1 kilowatts of power fully loaded with 1,536 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Foundry claimed a similar number of ports using a Cisco Catalyst 6500 would require 12 chassis that would eat up 45.9 kilowatts of power. To read more about existing BigIron RX switches, click here. The switch also features integrated cable management, full layer 2 or 3 switching, IP V 4 or V 6 routing and fully redundant switching fabric and power. The switching fabric provides 7.68 terabits per second of non-blocking aggregate capacity. It uses existing BigIron line cards and software. The new BigIron RX-32 is due in September and will start at $195,000. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.

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