This backbone router will push switching capacity to 184 Tbps

This backbone router will push switching capacity to 184 Tbps

The Pluris 20000

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

A backbone router available from Pluris Inc. late this year has up to 184 Tbps of aggregate switching capacity and can be managed as a single system.

The Cupertino, Calif., company's Pluris 20000 Terabit Network Router has a fiber backplane that can scale from 90-Gbps switching capacity and 10-Gbps line capacity up to 184-Tbps switching capacity and 19.2-Tbps line capacity.

Any site with a fiber-optic backbone and a wave division multiplexer can use the network router. Wave division multiplexing boosts the number of channels and the bandwidth available on existing fiber circuits.

But accessing the extra bandwidth without upgrades at the access points is hard to do. Increasing the number of ports by adding routers becomes expensive and inefficient as the number of interconnections rises.

The Pluris 20000's fiber-optic switching fabric can interconnect nearly 2,000 line cards within a single system.

The backbone router supports 622-Mbps OC-12, 2.4-Gbps OC-48 and 10-Gbps OC-192 interfaces.

A 90-Gbps IP core switch costs $98,000; each OC-48c port is $45,000.

Contact Pluris at 408-863-9920.

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