Foundry Offers Its Own Data Center Vision

Arthur Cole

Foundry Networks has taken up the gauntlet thrown down by the likes of Cisco and Brocade and come out with its own version of the datacenter of the future.


Not surprisingly, the company offers up a heavy does of virtualization and advanced networking designed to smash the old silo model in favor of a more flexible network capable of doling out resources from a centralized pool.


The plan rests on four pillars: improving performance through 10 GbE and other backbone improvements; application and service consolidation via virtualization; converged server and storage networks; and improved power efficiency.


The main burden in carrying out this strategy will fall on the company's BigIron RX switch and NetIron MLX router. The BigIron is getting a new 16-port 10 GbE module, allowing the system to scale up to 512 ports, plus a maximum of 1,536 single GbE ports. The NetIron also gets a new high-density GbE interface module, which also brings in 1,536 single GbE ports to go with the 128 10 GbE ports already on board.


Combined, the pair provides up to 32 10 GbE links per aggregation, delivering 320 Gbps for inter-switch and datacenter connectivity.


Foundry intends to match these devices with new architectural designs aimed at lossless fabrics and advanced distributed buffering designs.

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