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Penguin Launches Arctica Line of Ethernet Switches

Penguin Computing announced its new Arctica line of Ethernet network switches, a branded suite of industry standard Ethernet switches that are offered with multiple networking software options and enterprise support.

The Arctica line initially comprises the 48-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch Arctica 4804i and the 48-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch Arctica 4804x. A 32-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch is slated for Q4 2013. Based on industry standard Broadcom silicon, the switches are available with multiple network software options.

The new network switch offering is delivered as a complete turn-key solution and includes certified cables and transceivers; Penguin provides global, enterprise level 24x7support covering hardware and software.

“The paradigm shift from high-priced, single-vendor offerings to open systems and software defined architectures is now transpiring for networking infrastructures,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Penguin Computing. “When this shift occurred in the server industry about 15 years ago, we were at the forefront and we have been successfully delivering integrated, open solutions ever since. We are excited to now be one of the first providers of open, next generation networking solutions that offer drastically lower TCO and more choice for our customers.”

The Arctica switches are also offered with Cumulus Linux pre-installed. Cumulus Linux is a complete Linux distribution for network switches. Users can leverage native Linux applications and tools for managing switch configurations as well as automation and monitoring tasks. Existing and custom Linux applications run natively on the switch.

For more information, visit Penguin Computing.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.


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