Asante Technologies announced today at Macworld New York that its IntraCore 65120 Gigabit Ethernet switches are now shipping. The devices deliver “advanced multi-service capabilities” with a cost-per-port starting at under US$400, Rusty Callihan, Asante’s vice president of sales, said.
“These are the only ‘value’ switches supporting the industry-standard GBIC interface for Gigabit Etherent,” Callihan said in a statement. “The feedback we’re hearing from customers is that they want the GBIC interface for modular Gigabit Ethernet on all of their switches and routers.”
The new IC 65120-12G, 12-port, all-GBIC switch offers network managers a flexible switch for distributing switched Gigabit Ethernet over a variety of media, he added. Depending on the existing network structure, each GBIC Gigabit Ethernet module interface can be configured with a 1000SX, 1000LX, or 1000TX GBIC interface. This non-proprietary architecture lets users mix and match different network configurations, reducing acquisition costs, said Callihan.
The IntraCore 65120 switches deliver wired-speed switched 10/100/1000 Ethernet connectivity to a cluster of high-performance servers and workstations. The design incorporates support for real-time multimedia (voice, video, data) communications over industry-standard Ethernet networks. Advanced quality of service features include voice over IP (VoIP), IP multicast, and 802.1 packet priority classification.
The IntraCore 65120-12G with 12 1000BaseX Gigabit GBIC interfaces have an estimated street price of US$3,399. The IntraCore 65120-2G with ten 10/100/1000 switched ports plus two 1000BaseX Gigabit GBIC interfaces is $3,499.