PureData Inc. recently announced six- and 12-port Gigabit Ethernet switches aimed at bringing Layer 3 hardware-based routing to network backbones in small and midsize networks. With optional T-1 and DSL WAN modules, the Layer 3 switches could be used to replace routers in small-business or remote enterprise branch offices.
The L6B and L12B offer six and 12 1000Base-SX and LX fiber ports, respectively. Each has a 64G-bit/sec backplane and forwarding rate of up to 20 million packet/sec. The L6B costs US$7,000, and the L12B is priced at $10,000. Both products are available now.