According to IEEE HSSG, the next speed for Ethernet will be both 40GbE and 100GbE and Force10 Networks says the company is preparing to deliver edge-to-core 40 GbE switch/router solutions while ratification of the 40 GbE standard by the IEEE is still pending. As noted in this IP Communications story, The 40GbE rate is intended to address server and computing applications and the 100GbE rate is for aggregation and core networking applications.
“Force10 is preparing to deliver end-to-end, edge-to-core 40 GbE switch/router solutions while ratification of the 40 GbE standard by the IEEE is still pending. Initially, Force10 plans to incorporate 40 GbE into a 10 GbE top-of-rack access switch for converging Fibre Channel and Ethernet fabrics. Force10’s solutions will power the dynamic data center of the future by using its Open Automation and virtualization framework, the company states.
“According to Force10, economic considerations will drive the deployment of 40 GbE solutions from end-to-end in the dynamic data center. The price points of 40 GbE will more cost effectively keep pace with the requirements for more bandwidth at the server edge, while future market factors will eventually reduce the cost of 100 GbE technology, the company states.”