If youre looking for one product family to cover an entire LAN system from the wiring closet to the backbone, Foundry Networks Inc. may have what youre seeking.
The San Jose, Calif., company is releasing three upgraded Layer 3 modular switches to complement its FastIron system. The switches, the FastIron 400, 800 and 1500, built with a new JetCore application-specific integrated circuit chip set, are slated to offer unparalleled port density, availability and scalability. They include support for jumbo frames, improved quality of service and multicast capabilities.
With a variety of JetCore-based management and interface modules, the systems can nearly double port density to 672 10/ 100M-bps ports, or 232 Gigabit ports, in a modular system using 17-rack units.
Pricing for the FastIron 400 chassis starts at $3,995, the 800 chassis at $7,995 and the 1500 chassis at $11,995. Pricing varies based on configuration.