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Foundry Networks

As the need for ever-more broadband capacity in data centers increases and space available decreases, what is a company to do? One option is to look to Foundry Networks, a company who has decided to focus on high density/low-power data center solutions. The company is one of the greenest technology vendors in the market and their recent sales success shows that being green brings in more green.
 
In a meeting with Bill Ryan the Senior Product Manager and Pavel Radda the Media/Analyst Relations Manager I got to hear about the company’s products which save space, power and money.
 
Now I could spend some time going through all the details of the company’s product line such as the newly released BigIron Rx-32 or the enhanced designs of the XMR 32000 and NetIron MLX-32 but it may make more sense to start off by telling you how much electricity the company can save you.
 
For example the BigIron RX-32 uses 8.74 Watt/Gbps while the equivalent Cisco Catalyst 6500 uses 14.41 Watt/Gbps meaning the Cisco product uses 65% more electricity. As you might have guessed, a product whose name starts with BigIron has a good deal of capacity.
 
For example this new switch can handle 1,536 10/100/1000 ports and 128 10-GE ports with a throughput of 2.2 Bpps.
 
Regarding the XMR 3200 and the NetIron MLX-32 both units have better cable management and air flow channeling. The company’s products are sold in large carrier and enterprise environments meaning the benefits of going green can be taken advantage of regardless of where your company lives in the value chain.


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