iwNetworks has released a new generation of Software Defined Network switches.
According to the manufacturer, the SDN 8254S and SDN 8952S switches enable Out-of-the-Box software defined networking with OpenFlow and easy integration with popular open source controllers to avoid any network disruption.
The 8254S is available as a hybrid-mode 48-port 1 GbE stackable distribution switch with 4 x 10GbE SFP+ ports and two rear 40 GbE option slots. Customers can choose to equip their switch with either 4 x 10GbE SFP+ or 1 x 40 GbE QSFP+ stacking uplink, or 4x 10 GbE uplink modules. Up to 10 switches can be stacked.
The 8952S is available as a hybrid-mode 64-port 10 GbE top-of-rack switch with 48 x 10GbE SFP+ ports and 4 x 40 GbE QSFP+ ports to provide a total of 64 x 10 GbE ports. The device also comes with CLI, SNMPv1/2/3, via 1x RJ-45 serial console or 1x RJ45 100/1000BASE-T out-of-band management front ports.
iwNetworks said that both switches support a traditional L2/L3 or OpenFlow switch configuration. Pricing was not released.
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