"We want to lead in the 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet technology transition," he said in June.
Routing leader Cisco currently supports 16 100G Ethernet ports in a single, full-rack CRS-3 core router chassis. No. 2 Juniper supports eight 100G Ethernet interfaces in a single, half-rack T1600 core router chassis. Alcatel-Lucent also announced 100G Ethernet interfaces for its edge routers.
Brocade also said in June it will ship in 2011 a chassis-based core switch for data centers that incorporates a new operating system and ASICs designed to support Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS). VCS allows a cluster of switches to be managed as a single logical element, and is designed to provide lossless, low latency, deterministic multi-path Ethernet networking for, among other applications, Fibre Channel over Ethernet converged LAN/SAN switching.
Brocade's first VCS switches will be 24-60 port 10G Ethernet access and aggregation layer devices shipping in the fourth quarter of this year and first quarter of next. At first customer ship, a VCS switch cluster will support 1,000 10G Ethernet ports and 10,000 VMs, and can be managed as a single logical switch.
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