SOURCE: Force10 Networks

Force10 Networks

June 09, 2009 08:15 ET

Leading Biomedical Research Institute Deploys Force10 Networks to Deliver High Bandwidth Network Services

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - Force10 Networks, the technology leader for building and securing intelligent services networks, today announced that the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) has deployed the C-Series family of resilient switches and the S-Series family of access switches to serve as the backbone of its campus and data center networks. With Force10, FMI is interconnecting researchers throughout the facility with a high-performance network supporting instruments that generate as much as one terabyte of data per day.

"Our research requires a network capable of supporting the large volumes of data created by our cutting-edge instruments," said Dean Flanders, Head of Informatics at FMI, which is part of the Novartis Research Foundation. "By deploying Force10 products from the core to the edge, we are providing our users with the fastest possible network. While it may be challenging to predict the types of instruments we will install in the future, with Force10, we are confident that our network infrastructure is future-proofed, and will not serve as a limiting factor to our ongoing research efforts."

Two resilient Force10 C300 switches form the FMI network core at its five-story facility in Basel, Switzerland, which houses both the researchers and data center. To facilitate needed flexibility and scalability, each C300 switch provides eight user-configurable line-card slots that deliver up to 96 Gigabits per second. As the network evolves and grows, the C300 switches can scale up port counts from 48 to 384 line-rate Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports or from 4 to 64 line-rate 10 GbE ports.

In its space-constrained wiring closets with close proximity to users, FMI leveraged the Force10 VirtualScale™ technology to connect multiple S50 switches together in a single virtual switch with very limited noise and heat production. With VirtualScale, FMI gains the high density capacity it needs in a small form factor without increasing management costs. FMI's 30 Force10 S-Series access switches also gave network managers flexibility in terms of aggregating capacity where needed. For example, if new equipment installed on the fourth floor necessitated 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks, administrators could provide that throughput without incurring additional deployment costs.

"FMI is indicative of many high performance environments that require tremendous bandwidth with the network flexibility, scalability and reliability necessary to support the unique data access needs of researchers conducting critical experiments," said James Hanley, president field operations at Force10 Networks. "Force10 worked with FMI to build and deploy a flexible, high capacity network that can seamlessly scale to meet the rapidly evolving requirements of research applications and instruments."

Reliable Networking by Force10 Networks provides the flexibility that high-performance environments require to leverage their networks as a strategic asset. With advances in reliability, network control and scalability, the Force10 product portfolio enables organizations to lower their total cost of ownership by building a flexible network that is ready to support emerging and evolving applications.

About the FMI

The Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) is a world-class center for basic research in life sciences. Founded in 1970 as a joint effort of two Basel-based pharmaceutical companies, the FMI is devoted to the pursuit of fundamental biomedical research and meeting the needs of modern medicine and pharmaceutical development by extending our understanding of basic molecular mechanisms that characterize human diseases. Our areas of expertise are neurobiology, growth control, which includes signaling pathways, and the epigenetics of stem cell development and cell differentiation. FMI research programs are led by 24 staff scientists and the institute counts 320 collaborators in total. The FMI also offers training in biomedical research to PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world and was designated by a survey of "The Scientist" in 2006, as the "best place for postdoctoral training" outside of the U.S. The quality of FMI research is internationally recognized through the large number of scientific prizes and grants awarded to its collaborators, as well as the exceptionally high citation rates of its publications. For more information, visit

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