NEC launches 10 Gigabit Ethernet blade

NEC Corp. this week announced a 10 Gigabit Ethernet module for its BlueFire LAN backbone switches.

The module could allow network technicians to provide a single 10G bit/sec link between two boxes, instead of tying together multiple Gigabit lines with link aggregation technologies. The card could also allow an enterprise to run 10 times the bandwidth over a single strand of dark fiber over a metro area network, for such tasks as remote data mirroring and disaster recovery.

The single-port blade will fit into NEC's BlueFire 740 and 750 switches, which are chassis-based Layer 2 and Layer 3 boxes that compete with Cisco Systems Inc.'s Catalyst, Extreme Networks Inc.'s BlackDiamond, Foundry Networks Inc.'s BigIron and Nortel Networks Corp.'s Passport switches.

The blade will support IPv6 and IPv4 routing, as well as Layer 2 and Layer 3 QoS features, in hardware. The 10 Gigabit blade will also support Link aggregation, allowing multiple ports to be combined into 20G bit/sec to 40G bit/sec bi-directional links.

NEC introduced the BlueFire switch line in the U.S. in 2001. Before 2001, BlueFire was sold for four years in Asia, where it is used by service providers and enterprises.

The BlueFire 10 Gigabit Ethernet card is available now for $70,000.

This story, "NEC launches 10 Gigabit Ethernet blade" was originally published by Network World.

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