Networking start-up Woven Systems has reminded us that great ideas can come in small, cost-conscious packages. The 26-person firm has developed a 10-Gbit/s Ethernet switch that outperforms Fibre Channel, while undercutting the price of rival Ethernet hardware. Woven expects its switch, due out in the third quarter, will find a …
"Customers not so fond of start-ups have a few options to route around Woven. You can wait for 10Gig E costs to come down. Or you can hope that Fibre Channel over IP/Ethernet standards evolve quicker than planned."
Indeed. Or, we can wait for Cisco to buy them. In about, what- June?!!?
Given its a 144 port switch, it probably uses a 24-port switch ASIC. Fulcrum has a 24-port 10GE switch ASIC. Broadcom has a 20-port ASIC.
The Fulcrum ASIC is also used in Force 10's 24-port 10GE switch.
OK. That covers the switch end of things . . .
but what happens at the server end of the ethernet cable?
I thought real 90 meter ethernet doing 10G was out of spec for PCI, and therefore there are no NICs that can do it. It's a power thing, aparently. PCI has power limitations that 10G NIC manufactures can't meet? Has this changed?