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Extreme Networks unveils portfolio of cloud-scale data centre switches

Anuradha Shukla | May 11, 2011
Enables organisations to cost-effectively build highly scalable, mobile and virtualised networks.

Extreme Networks is allowing organisations to more cost-effectively build highly scalable, mobile and virtualised networks through a portfolio of cloud-scale data centre switches.

Leveraging standards-based technologies, the Extreme Networks Open Fabric data centre solutions preserve existing investments as well as bring new innovations that drive cloud-scale networks.

Extreme Networks delivers networks for the mobile world. Elaborating on its new release, the company says its latest release can simplify network provisioning and supports Data Center Bridging (DCB) to provide consolidation of LAN and storage fabrics in the data centre.

"The Extreme Networks Open Fabric data centre solution demonstrates our continued innovation in the data centre market," said Shehzad Merchant of Extreme Networks. "As the cloud ramps in its adoption and services, and as applications and virtual machines become more mobile and dynamic, so do the requirements for greatly improved performance and control from the network."

The company will showcase its products at Interop Las Vegas, May 10- 12, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Powerful solutions

 Extreme Networks Open Fabric data centre solutions include BlackDiamond X8 modular chassis. The company claims it is the market's first 20 Terabit chassis, which features up to 768 non-blocking 10GbE ports or 192 non-blocking 40GbE ports in 1/3rd rack or 14.5 RU and is designed to evolve to support 100GbE. 

The solutions also includes Summit X670 Top-of-Rack switches with up to 64 ports of wire speed 10 GbE or 48 ports of wire speed 10GbE with modular four ports of wire speed 40GbE uplinks, and BlackDiamond 8900 high density, 6x40 GbE blades. 

"Tomorrow's network is defined by intelligent switching platforms with the highest capacity, improved energy efficiency and very low latencies," said Phil Butcher, head of IT for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, based in Cambridge, UK. "As our work at Sanger continues to push the envelope of scientific research, we need innovations that allow for smooth virtualisation, and much greater connectivity per server rack with a seamless Gigabit to 10 Gigabit server transition."

"With the Extreme Networks Open Fabric, featuring the BlackDiamond X8 and Summit X670 switches, Extreme Networks offers solutions that shift performance dynamics to a whole new level while also addressing what will be a very common need," said Jon Oltsik, principal analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group.


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