The Force10 Networks ExaScale platforms are virtualized chassis-based switches that enable a new way of designing switching and routing infrastructures. ExaScale’s architecture, and patented backplane and ASIC technology are designed to increase network availability, agility and efficiency while reducing power and cooling costs. ExaScale supports mission critical applications across converged fabrics in data center, telecommunication provider, service provider, enterprise and HPCC networks.

Force10’s ExaScale platform coupled with FTOS make a cost-effective and flexible deployment option complete with comprehensive management, automation and resource provisioning capabilities.

Force10’s Virtualized Network Fabric Framework

  • VirtualView™, a suite of monitoring and provisioning features, optimizes the performance of virtualized and distributed networks
  • VirtualScale™ reduces TCO by consolidating the physical network and virtualizing boundaries
  • VirtualControl™ manages, controls and secures multiple switching and routing domains on one physical platform

Key Applications

  • Virtualized data center and cloud computing networks with multiple switching or routing domains in local or geographically disparate environments
  • High capacity 10 GbE and 1 GbE switching/routing in high performance Layer 2, IP and MPLS core or aggregation networks
  • HPCC networks with nonblocking and deterministic N:N and N:1 management and storage I/O requirements

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 ExaScale E-Series Switching and Routing platform provides the following features and benefits:

  • Non-blocking, line-rate throughput that removes performance bottlenecks from the network – all packet sizes, all the time
  • Industry-leading density enables simpler network topologies that reduce both network capital and operational costs
  • Scalability and features for tomorrow’s network with converged fabric and MPLS readiness
Reduced Total Cost of Ownership
  • Tunable, scalable high-capacity LAG with 64 links per group and 32 LAGs per system, or 8 links per group and 255 LAGs per system use advanced hashing algorithms to balance traffic evenly across links in backbone or aggregation applications
  • Industry-leading buffering and virtual output queues eliminate head-of-line blocking and minimize queuing delay to guarantee packet delivery
  • Configurable CAM profiles enable custom space allocation in hardware forwarding and classification tables to support flexibility and scalability as network requirements change
  • FTOS software, built on NetBSD and a Unix-like kernel, running on the Route Processor Modules (RPM) and line cards enables new advances in control plane scalability and system reliability
  • High performance RPM uses distributed control plane processing on three CPUs and provides 1+1 control plane redundancy with hitless forwarding
  • Redundant Switch Fabric Modules (SFM) with graceful and deterministic failure recovery
  • High availability hardware and software architecture with OIR (hot swap) of all components
  • Patented passive copper backplane
  • Power and cooling redundancy
High Availability, Serviceability, and Manageability

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