Cisco doubles density of 9000 series edge router

August 28th, 2009 at 12:19 PM  No Comments

Cisco announced Tuesday that it would begin selling an enhanced version of its Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series, which will double the amount of line cards it can hold by introducing new single-slot cards.

The new configuration will allow 16×10 Gigabit Ethernet line cards, delivering over 100 Gbps of bandwidth. Cisco claims that this new configuration leads the industry in density and scalability, unlike some competitors that only can support 50G today.

The 9000 series router is typically used to deliver TV, video on demand, Internet video and other high bandwidth traffic. It is also used by wireless carriers to support their Internet infrastructure.

Intel launches pluggable 10GbE NICs

August 26th, 2009 at 12:06 PM  1 Comment

X520ImagesIntel has announced the launch of their new Ethernet Server Adapter X520 family, their first 10 Gigabit (GbE) adapter that support “pluggable” optics. Intel claims the additional configuration options in the X520 give administrators “more flexibility in how they deploy 10GbE in their servers and datacenters.”

Previously 10GbE adapters required the purchase of an additional SR adapter to function, the X520 is compatable with SR, LR or SFP+ direct attach cable all from the same card. This allows administrators to switch back and forth after purchase without buying all new cards, just new optics.

The card is based on the Intel 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller and also has backwards compatible support for 1GbE, which Intel claims is an industry first.