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Sponsor:   Blade Network Technologies, Inc.     View all reports from this sponsor

Title: BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. RackSwitch G8000 Competitive Performance Evaluation versus Cisco Catalyst 4948-10GE Switch

Publication date:   29 October 2008
Document number:    208348


BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BLADE) commissioned The Tolly Group to evaluate the Layer 2 performance and power consumption of its RackSwitch G8000 1/10G aggregation switch with 48 GbE ports and four 10GbE uplink ports — designed for top of rack aggregation for large data centers against a comparable solution from Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco 4948-10GE). The Cisco 4948 is a 1RU switch with 48 GbE ports and two 10GbE uplink ports. Since the Cisco 4948-10GE supports two 10GbE ports only, two of the four 10GbE ports in the front of the RackSwitch G8000 switch were used.

Tolly Group engineers measured the Layer 2 throughput, latency and multicast performance of the switches in a variety of common network topologies, and the energy usage for the switch operations at idle and under load. Engineers also compared the price/performance of the switches from both companies.

Tests were conducted in September 2008.

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