In order to power its satellite broadcasts, XM Satellite Radio has installed Foundry’s Layer 2/3 switches BigIron, FastIron SuperX, FastIron SX 800 and FastIron Edge X series, end-to-end switching and routing provider Foundry Networks announced on Tuesday.
Damon Love, the director of content distribution systems for XM’s Radio Broadcast Operations Group, says that XM was capable of efficiently scaling its infrastructure to make more channels available delivery, because of the high performance of Foundry’s switches, while still attaining low-latency audio.
Additionally Love stated that since Foundry’s switches are built from the same ASIC family, the company is positive that subject to a small degree of testing, it can deploy the release out to its enterprise networks and obtain expected operation and performance.
Bob Schiff, VP and general manager for Foundry’s Enterprise Business Unit stated “XM Radio’s growing base of satellite radio subscribers demand exceptional performance from their network. Foundry’s networking solutions will help deliver high performance, reliability, availability and scalability for XM Radio’s rapidly growing network infrastructure in order for them to deliver the best possible satellite radio content and service to millions of listeners.”
XM Radio provides more than 170 digital channels of music, news, talk, sports, comedy and children’s programming and states it has a customer base of more than 8.5 million subscribers.
1&1 Internet recently deployed Foundry Networks’ NetIron XMR 4000 backbone routers to power its network for scalable growth and to extensively reduce capital and operating costs.
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