Extreme Networks Expands Vision For Scalable Virtualized Networks For Managed/Hosted Data Centers And Enterprises

Published March 16th, 2010 - 01:26 GMT

Explosive network resource and bandwidth requirements from server virtualization and cloud networking are driving demand for higher performance Ethernet switches in managed/hosted data centers and enterprise data centers. Extreme Networks, Inc. has responded with its next-generation data center vision for migrating to virtualized data centers and new infrastructure solutions that feature market-leading scalability, performance and simplicity.
Hosting companies and enterprises alike are scaling their data centers to realize the benefits of a virtualized infrastructure and cloud networking, where resources can be dynamically managed and deployed, and space and energy efficiency are key requirements.  Because the physical network is the foundation for virtualization, it is vital that it be highly scalable, demonstrating robust performance, capacity and capabilities to support large table sizes that accommodate growth. Increased performance of the physical network enables the data center network to support varied environments characterized by a rapidly expanding number of virtual machines and very large numbers of users within a small footprint.  

“Today’s data centers are adopting virtualization as a means of improving cost efficiencies, adding resiliency, as well as reducing power requirements. This coupled with the growing trend of moving towards a hosted/cloud model is leading to a significant growth in the scaling requirements of the data center network infrastructure,” said Aziz Ala’ali, Regional Director for Extreme Networks, Middle East & Africa.  “Extreme Networks is addressing scalability requirements of the evolving data center by offering higher performance and scale at Layer 2 and Layer 3 and delivering a portfolio of products that allow for increased architectural choice and enable cost-effective growth.”

Extreme Networks today introduced new core and edge data center switching solutions that boost the physical network with scalability and flexibility for a range of deployments.  The BlackDiamond® 8900-xl modules and Summit® X480 stackable switches offer industry-leading data center solutions that allow for varied network configurations and design strategies being deployed by managed hosting companies and enterprises. 

Product Highlights:
The BlackDiamond 8900-xl modules include Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center solutions that more than double the Layer 2 and Layer 3 table size supported and deliver a blazingly fast switching capacity of 128 Gigabits per line card. Additionally, the BlackDiamond 8900-xl modules increase port density and scale, allowing the largest data centers to minimize network tiers while supporting increasing numbers of virtual machines.  The BlackDiamond 8900-xl modules are available as upgrades to the BlackDiamond 8800 series switch family, allowing organizations to grow at their own pace while avoiding a forklift upgrade.

Extreme Networks Summit X480 fixed configuration 48 port 10/100/1000 switch provides data center class functionality with industry leading Layer 2/3 scalability, front-to-back airflow and dual internal hot swappable power supplies and fans. Taking advantage of the optional VIM2 slot, which is 40 Gigabit Ethernet ready, the Summit X480 supports a four port 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplink module or a stacking support module which provides 40Gbps or 128Gbps throughput.

The Summit X480 serves as a high performance data center edge solution with robust stacking features to enable highly scalable “virtual chassis” configurations for the data center. Virtual chassis functionality allows the data center to control 1.8 terabit of switching capacity as a single managed device.

The BlackDiamond 8900-xl modules and Summit X480 stackable switches fit within Extreme
Networks extensibility framework, featuring the single modular operating system, ExtremeXOS™, XML APIs, an open SDK and cross platform scripting capabilities enabling more rapid customization and automation of the network.

Customer Comments:
“Extreme Networks has answered the call as we expand our business, consolidate our data center and migrate to 10 Gigabit Ethernet core,” said Hugh Wilkins, senior manager of Information Technology for Inmar, a leading national provider of retail logistics services. “Extreme Networks met our foremost priorities for our Data Center with its Summit and BlackDiamond solution families, and our network has the intelligence, flexibility and performance to manage multiple terabytes of data across our virtualized server environment.”

Key Benefits of Extreme Networks Data Center Switches
• Consistent virtualization framework for move from physical to virtual to cloud
• Greatly enhanced scalability of multilayer Ethernet switching and routing for increased choice of data center configuration
• A single consistent operating system for edge and core switching platforms
• Virtual Chassis capabilities with mix and match delivered via SummitStack™ stacking

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