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Runt Packet No 6 — Force10 Networks

I’ve been hearing about Force10 Networks as a large scale ethernet switch provider for some time. It’s time to touch base and find out what they are doing.

I spoke with Steve Garrison from Force10 to get an introduction to the company and their products. I’ll let the show speak for itself.

One of the more interesting aspects is the Open Automation strategy, due to be announced later in the year, that offers support for a large number of scripting languages and, as I understand it, a collection of scripts for you to use in your own Network Management system.

Force10 offers very high density ethernet which results in less equipment, less power and less opex. Combined with their custom silicon for lossless, line rate, non blocking ethernet forwarding they have been a significant player at the high end of the market for many years.


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Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is the co-host of Packet Pushers. After surviving 25 years in Enterprise IT with only minor damage, he uses his networking expertise for good in the service of others by deep diving on technology and industry. His unique role as an inspirational cynicist brings a sense of fun, practicality and sheer talent to world of data networking and its place in a world of clouds.

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