The Force10 Networks C-Series are resilient chassis-based switches that deliver reliability, network control and scalability. The C-Series is designed to support mission critical applications with very low latency across converged networks. Comprehensive management capabilities make the C-Series a cost-effective and flexible deployment option. These switches are suitable for every application from data center access, to the LAN core, to the wiring closet edge.

Key Applications

Low cost 100/1000 Mbps server aggregation for small- to medium-sized data centers (100s to 1,000s of servers)

  • Cost-effective LAN core switch for small- and medium-campuses (100s to 1,000s of PCs)
  • Scalable GbE aggregation and 10 Gigabit Ethernet transport in a carrier’s Middle Mile network to enable the deployment of triple play services
  • High density GbE aggregation into a multiple Gbps or 10 GbE backbone
  • Cost-effective PoE-enabled 10/100/1000Base-T wiring closet aggregation of VoIP phones, wireless access points, video cameras or other IEEE 802.3af-compliant devices

PTS’ technical staff will work with the client to develop a specification and confirm the best series of options associated with the C-Series switch. There are two configurations to consider: the C150 and the C300.


  • 4 line card slots
  • 2 Route processor module with integrated switch fabric slots
  • 6 Power supply module slots and 1 fan tray slot
  • Size: 9 RU, 15.7 h x 17.5 w x 15.3″ d (39.88 h x 44.45 w x 38.86 cm d)


  • 8 line card slots
  • 2 Route processor module with integrated switch fabric slots
  • 8 Power supply module slots and 1 fan tray slot
  • Size: 13 RU, 22.7 h x 17.4 w x 14.4″ d (57.66 h x 44.2 w x 37.58 cm d)

PTS’ technical design and deployment approach includes a consultative assessment, plan, and design approach to confirm the right product for purchase and deployment within the data center or computer room. Our approach follows an eleven step process:

Data Center Consulting Data Center Design and Engineering Data Center Products Data Center Construction Data Center Commissioning Data Center Implementation Data Center Monitoring and Control Data Center Operations and Maintenance


Features & Benefits

The Force10 C-Series is designed to provide inherent reliability, network control, and scalability for high performance Ethernet environments.

  • High 10 GbE density and GbE density
  • Variety of line card and media choices
  • FlexMedia line card for maximum flexibility and room to grow
Designed to drive down cost of aggregation
Integrated layer 2 and layer 3 functionality Simplified topologies
  • 1+1 Route Processor Module (RPM) design
  • Continuous runtime data plane monitoring and advanced in-service CLI diagnostic functions
  • Power supply redundancy with load sharing power bus enabling uninterrupted VoIP calls during a power supply failure
High availability architecture
Suite of security, access control and wiring closet edge features Designed for enterprise networks
PowerSmart intelligent power management features Provides automatic sensing, provisioning and management of PoE power
VirtualView real-time network and application traffic monitoring Designed for virtualized data center applications
Up to 1.536 Tbps and up to 952 Mpps L2/L3 packet forwarding capacity High speed switch fabric capacity certified at full line rate
Integrated cableways No need to add cable management at the switch
5 microsecond switching latency under full load for 64 byte frames Extremely low latency, receive data faster than with comparable competitive switches

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