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10-GigE Price Cuts Keep Coming

A week of frenzied activity in the 10-Gbit/s Ethernet switch space is paving the way for significant price cuts that could slash as much as a third off the cost of the technology over the coming year.

Earlier this week, Foundry Networks Inc. announced 10-Gbit/s ports for its FastIron line of modular switches, just one in a string of recent announcements from vendors (see 10-GigE Price Drops Continue).

Things are certainly hotting up. Bob Schiff, director of marketing for Foundry's enterprise business unit, foresees price reductions of around 30 percent in the cost-per-port of switches with a modular chassis, and a slightly smaller reduction for fixed ones.

"I would anticipate that, even with fixed configurations, you would see a [price] drop in the range of 20 to 25 percent within the next 12 months, Schiff says.

Not to be outdone, Cisco Systems Inc. used the CeBIT tradeshow in Hanover, Germany, to issue a raft of announcements about its Catalyst platform. Cisco also pointed to price pressure on the horizon (see Cisco Beefs Up Catalyst).

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