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Enterprise-optimised Ethernet switches aimed at data centres

Posted: 22 Apr 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom  Ethernet switch  data centre  Gigabit Ethernet 

Broadcom Corp. has unleashed its next-generation StrataXGS Trident Ethernet switch line-up geared to meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of 10GbE virtualised data centres. The Trident-II+ series claims to offer 1.28Tb/s switching performance and double the performance for data centre virtualisation overlays such as VXLAN.

In today's enterprise data centres, more than 60 per cent of installed servers continue to run Gigabit Ethernet (1GbE) network connections. The majority of these server ports are expected to transition to 10GbE over the next four years. Broadcom's Trident-II+ series enables networking OEMs to deliver a full portfolio of enterprise-optimised, feature-rich, high-density 10GbE top-of-rack (ToR), blade and aggregation switches to serve this transition, stated the company.

Built on Broadcom's industry-leading StrataXGS architecture, the 28nm Trident-II+ series provides a simple, drop-in power and efficiency improvement for the industry's leading switch silicon, with a comprehensive set of feature and performance upgrades.

Designed for enterprise data centres of all sizes, the Trident-II+ series promises to deliver the industry's most comprehensive and field-proven feature set for network virtualisation. This includes single-pass VXLAN routing that doubles gateway performance in all network topologies, as well as support for pre-standard GENEVE overlays.

Providing an ideal complement to Broadcom's latest StrataXGS Tomahawk and StrataDNX switch SoCs, the Trident II+ series provides 100GbE connections to the spine layer and between racks, while supporting 10GbE connections to the servers in enterprise and private cloud deployments.

Power consumption and cooling is also a top priority in modern data centres. The Trident II+ series reduces power dissipation of existing Trident-II designs throughout the network, by up to 30 per cent for each typical ToR switch chipset. For an enterprise data centre hosting 300 ToR switches, this can lead to annual power savings of well over 100MWh, resulting in greater IT energy efficiency and lower operating expenses.

Broadcom's StrataXGS Trident-II+ switch SoCs are sampling.

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