The star feature, though, is the 100-Gbit/s module -- the first to carry two wire-speed ports rather than just one, Brocade claims. That's 32 ports per chassis, a figure Brocade had spilled a few weeks ago. (See Brocade Goes 100G and Brocade Preps 100G Launch.)
The module costs about $195,000 -- or $97,500 per port, which compares with competitors' prices that go deep into six figures, by Brocade's calculations.
Brocade is also pushing its link aggregation abilities, saying the MLXe can combine 64 10-Gbit/s Ethernet ports into one virtual 640-Gbit/s link. The MLX's link-aggregation maximum had been 32 ports, and until now it's stood as Brocade's answer to the lack of a 100-Gbit/s interface. (See Foundry LAGs Ahead.)
Link aggregation could likewise be performed on 100-Gbit/s ports, says Ananda Rajagopal, Brocade's senior director of service provider products.
Other recent 100 Gbit/s-related snippets:
- Infinera 100G Checkup
- AlcaLu Demos 100G IP in China
- Phyworks Finds a Home
- Xelerated's 100G Hits the Road
- AppliedMicro Pushes Toward the Edge
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading