Foundry LAGs Ahead

2:40 PM -- Left over in the NXTcomm notebook is a 320-Gbit/s trunk from Foundry Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY), for its NetIron XMR and MLX routers. That's 32 lines of OC192 link-aggregated. (See Foundry Pumps Ethernet.)

At first glance, it seems to be a link-aggregation record for a commercial product. Sixteen is the highest LAG number I recall seeing. Thirty-two seems like a big deal. Or, maybe I'm just falling for the old trick of throwing big numbers at journalists.

It's being done in the name of timeliness. OC768 remains too expensive, Foundry claims, and the 100-Gbit/s Ethernet standard is far from complete.

Foundry also has this interesting tidbit about big routers: "Some feedback we're getting from customers about multichassis systems is that they are very expensive," says Sanjay Khanna, a senior product marketing manager at Foundry.

Obvious point, maybe, but add in the power and cooling costs, and some customers might seek out alternatives to the Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) CRS-1 or Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) TX, he suggests. It will be an uphill climb for Foundry to slip into that market, but they seem to have the ambition, at least.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

vrparente 12/5/2012 | 3:37:56 PM
re: Foundry LAGs Ahead The most cost effective IP Router bit for bit (with MPLS/VPLS) is the ECI Telecom SR Series. It's 40Gbps/slot (same as CRS-1).
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