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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:07

Ruckus expands ICX switch range


Brocade subsidiary Ruckus has announced its ICX 7650 switch family.

The Ruckus ICX 7650 series of switches is designed for network edge and aggregation/core applications.

It combines high-performance switching and high port density.

According to the company, the Ruckus ICX 7650 is the industry’s highest performing, scalable edge switch with support for 100 gigabit Ethernet. It has the highest port density for IEEE 802.3bz (Multi-gigabit) Ethernet ports, the most IEEE 802.3bt-ready (90W PoE) ports on the market today, and the first fixed configuration switch with 100 gigabit Ethernet for campus networks.

"As more wireless users access cloud and data-intensive applications on their devices, the demand for high-speed, resilient edge networks continues to increase," said Ruckus vice-president of campus product management Siva Valliappan.

"The innovative technology behind the ICX 7650 switch family captures all these requirements, enabling users to scale and future-proof their network infrastructure to meet the increasing demand of wired and wireless network requirements for seven to 10 years."

Models will be available to suit multi-gigabit access or medium core/aggregation, and dual hot-swappable power supplies and fans improve resiliency.

The first three models are the ICX7650-48ZP multi-gigabit access switch (24 Multi-gigabit (IEEE 802.3bz) Ethernet ports with 90W PoE power, plus 24 gigabit Ethernet ports with PoE+), the ICX7650-48F core/aggregation switch (up to 24 10G and 24 1G fibre ports, plus 256-bit MACsec line rate encryption) and the ICX7650-48P high-performance gigabit switch (deployable in stacks of up to 12 switches, stacked over long distances up to 10km, or in a fabric).s essential.

Prices start at US$11,900 for the ICX7650-48P-E with one power supply and one fan. The products will start shipping in the first quarter of 2018.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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