GE Intelligent Platforms has recently announced the NETernity CP921RC-30x 6U CompactPCI 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch. Designed for challenging applications in telecommunications, industrial and military systems, it is a fully managed layer 2/3+ ethernet switch with support for ‘future-proof’ IPv6 switching and routing. They are now available from Metromatics .
Important new functionality is included in the form of Failover Groups (FOG), a feature that is part of GE’s Open Ware switch management environment. Responding to the need for very high availability networks, FOG is designed to support redundancy at different levels - redundant links across backplanes from nodes to ethernet switches, and redundant links to external networks.
This provides fast, application-independent, failover capabilities, suitable for a wide range of network configurations, from simple to the very complex. This unique combination of innovative hardware and software technologies delivers leading functionality, flexibility and availability.
As network traffic and dependency on the network increases, there is also an increased need for Ethernet switches that are high performance, high bandwidth and that offer the functionality necessary to deliver outstanding network uptime. The addition of the CP921RC-30x to GE’s extensive NETernity family of ethernet switches rises to the challenge providing a sustainable competitive advantage for customers.
The CP921RC-30x is optionally available with two front panel 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet ports capable of supporting SFP+ and SFP transceivers (which can be copper or fibre) respectively for greater configuration flexibility. These ports are invaluable for very high external bandwidth traffic aggregation environments.
PICMG 2.16- and RoHS compliant, the CP921RC-30x Ethernet switch supports high-availability hot swap as well as IPMI v1.5 to further improve availability, maintainability and manageability. As well as supporting Layer-2/3+ switching, it can support Layer 4-7 switching when required. A variety of rear transition boards are available to provide rear I/O configuration flexibility beyond the flexibility delivered by the CP921RC’s optional front panel ports. The CP921RC-30x is also available in an extended temperature variant for demanding industrial applications.