Networking Infrastructure

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2012-04-29 Print this article Print

For its packet-processing innovations and strong scalability, Force10 Networks' TeraScale E300 stood above the crowd as the Networking Infrastructure winner.

WINNER Force10 Networks Inc.
TeraScale E300

For its packet-processing innovations and strong scalability, Force10 Networks ( TeraScale E300 stood above the crowd as the Networking Infrastructure winner.

For a list of all the winners and finalists of the fifth annual eWEEK Excellence Awards, click here.
Force10 has carved out a niche at the high end of the switching market, providing an affordable way for high- performance networks to migrate to 10 Gigabit Ethernet or beyond without requiring forklift upgrades. The TeraScale E300 provides incredible Gigabit Ethernet port density in a compact chassis, with a backplane that will be able to accommodate future speeds beyond 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The TeraScale E300s resilient architecture provides redundant components that stanch DoS (denial of service) attacks and component failures alike.

As one judge put it, the TeraScale E300 "provides high reliability in a cost-effective form factor that addresses the needs of an enterprise pushing high-speed data rates and designing the redundant grid architectures of tomorrow."


Aruba Wireless Networks
Aruba 6000 Grid Controller

As enterprises increasingly rely on wireless networks for data and voice applications, Aruba Wireless Networks Aruba 6000 stands out for providing the right mix of performance, security and mobility for large wireless LAN deployments.

The grid controller excels at dynamically allocating and balancing radio resources for coverage, throughput or defensive monitoring, but Excellence judges were particularly impressed with its security features: Stateful firewalls and 802.1x authentication combine to control access to resources, while robust wireless intrusion detection and encryption services protect the airways. And with the convergence of access for wired and wireless clients, the 6000 provides its impressive access controls and quarantine capabilities regardless of the connection type.

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Redline Networks Inc.
E/X Application Front End 3670

Redline Networks (www. Web application delivery technology impresses with its ability to allow businesses to deliver scalable, reliable and high-performance Web-enabled applications.

The E/X Application Front End 3670 provides greatly enhanced SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) processing and data compression capabilities, and its Overdrive content processing environment allows administrators to dynamically modify applications—all of which greatly minimize the impact on back-end servers and applications.

With its ability also to cluster multiple front-end appliances, Redlines unique Active-N mesh architecture enables impressive scalability and redundancy.

Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists:
  • Analytics & Reporting
  • Application Development
  • Business Integration Systems
  • Business Relationship Management
  • Desktop & Mobile Hardware
  • E-Business Foundations
  • E-Mail Management & Security
  • Enterprise Collaboration & Messaging
  • Enterprise Storage Hardware
  • Enterprise Storage Software
  • IT Quality Assurance Tools
  • Productivity Applications
  • Server Hardware
  • Networking & Management Tools
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • System & Application Management
  • Authentication & User Management
  • Network Data-Stream Protection
  • Vulnerability Assessment & Remediation
    Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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