Foundry unveils 10GbE family

Foundry unveils 10GbE family

ADDING to its range of 10GbE network infrastructure products, Foundry Networks hopes to topple its competitors with its SuperX family.

Foundry Networks regional sales manager Graeme McDonald says the SuperX switches will suit the New Zealand market.

“It’s for people who are looking at deplo-ying 10GbE networks and is at the right area of the market,” he says.

The SuperX family of three switches: FastIron, TurboIron and BigIron — each designed for different network environments and applications — all come with Foundry’s IronShield features. These include advanced Layer 2 and complete Layer 3 functionality, a security package and support for converged applications such as VoIP and multicasing. Prices, described by the company as competitive, range from $23,060 for the FastIron management module and 12 combo ports, through to $69,241 for the TurboIron switch with 16 10GbE ports and management module with 12 combo ports.

McDonald says while they are a natural upgrade for existing Foundry customers, the products rival those of competitor Cisco on price and quality. “It’s a whole new switch product for us and an affordable option since prices have been plummeting.”

Foundry’s main partners in New Zealand are Datacom, IBM, Infinity Solutions and Gen-i/TAS.

McDonald says his team has been performing internal demonstrations to customers and a roadshow is on the agenda. “It’s up to us to get our bums off our seats and push the range.”

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