Networking vendor Foundry Networks is preparing to release its 10-gigabit ethernet modules for enterprise metropolitan area network service providers and ISPs in June, beating pipping its competitors at the post by a good six months.
The US-based firm has chosen not to wait for ethernet standards to be ratified, an event scheduled for next year, choosing instead to build a multi protocol label switching (MPLS) element into its routers to support multi-vendor interoperability.
Gordan Vick, Foundry Networks regional sales manager for South Asia Pacific, says the 10-gigabit element is a powerful differentiator from its competitors, Cisco and Nortel. However, he doesn't foresee the 10-gigabit technology becoming a mainstream option immediately. "We'll see it in certain niches to start with, such as storage farms, big university campuses and anyone handling multimedia stuff," says Vick. "Mainstream uptake is a bit of a chicken-and-the-egg situation in terms of which comes first - the 10-gig applications or the infrastructure to run it.
Foundry is in the process of adding three to four additional partners, with an announcement expected in the next couple of weeks. According to Vick, Foundry does not intend to create competition between its existing partners ASI, Quadtel, Netstar and Contentwise.