Case Technology claims its Layer 3 Ethernet switch makes Lan routers redundant and performs 10 times faster than processor-based Layer 3 switches.
?By removing the routing bottleneck, the Layer 3 switch spreads the performance benefits offered by Ethernet switches throughout the corporate Lan,? claimed marketing manager Bob Honour. He says it also saves on the cost of routers.
The switch can be implemented without touching the desktop and is interoperable with end users? existing IP networking equipment. It delivers switching throughput of over 100,000 packets per second, high enough to work with ?sub-optimal network designs? without losing data, said the vendor. The switch is based on Case-designed Asic chips which operate in parallel with a Risc processor to make the forwarding rate independent of frame size. Case claims Asic-assisted forwarding is the main reason for its high performance rates. The Layer 3 switch technology is currently available on 24- and 36-port Matchbox switches and the 18- or 36-port System Center chassis.
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