New modules enable BlackDiamond 8800 switching platform

Published October 15th, 2009 - 10:22 GMT

Extreme Networks, Inc. today announced a key addition to its industry-leading BlackDiamond® 8800 switching family, an Ethernet switching platform for high performance, high value and smart connectivity from the network edge to the network core and data center. 

The trend for value-based enterprise networking in the wiring closet is driven by organizations that are aiming for high performance, secure networks that can be cost-effectively deployed today while keeping an eye to the future. Extreme Networks BlackDiamond® 8500-series wiring closet modules offer a high-value solution addressing customers’ needs for cost-effective, yet feature-rich switching capabilities with natural upgrade paths for scalability and growth on demand.

“With the introduction of the BlackDiamond 8500-series modules, Extreme Networks brings a strong contender to the value portion of the enterprise market, where convergence, automation of tasks, and security are complemented with the consistency of a single operating system,” said Aziz Ala’ali, Regional Director for Extreme Networks, Middle East & Africa. “This further reinforces our overarching BlackDiamond 8800 platform strategy to offer customers with a range of cost and performance choices for every part of their network.”  

Organizations require an end-to-end network with advanced automation features to discover and provision network edge devices, resiliency to handle fiber outages with minimal impact to users and security to identify and mitigate threats. The BlackDiamond 8800 addresses all of these
requirements with a comprehensive family of module choices on a single chassis, and a uniform operating system, ExtremeXOS®.  The result is a total modular solution to tackle the most flexible network deployments.

BlackDiamond 8500 Series Modules Highlights:
 Resiliency with Automated Service Recovery: Options for Redundant Management Switch Modules (MSMs) resulting in maximum availability, coupled with a resilient modular network operating system, ExtremeXOS, for maximum protection
 Limited Lifetime Warranty: Extreme Networks new Limited Lifetime Warranty is standard with BlackDiamond 8500-series modules.
 Investment Protection:  Scalability and growth on demand, allowing for flexible end-to-end deployment
 Value:  Cost effective switching with value-add services and Limited Lifetime Warranty to lower TCO
 Automated Configuration: Open architecture to simplify manageability and Universal Port software to ease network provisioning
 Automated Security Embedded security features to help protect corporate data at the access edge and dynamic ACLs for faster response to threats

 Pricing and Availability
The BlackDiamond 8500-series modules will be available this quarter. The Management Switch Module (MSM), the BlackDiamond 8500-MSM24, has a U.S. list price of $4,995. The 24 port Gigabit fiber module, the BlackDiamond 8500-G24X-e, has a U.S. list price of $6,995. The 48 port Gigabit Base-T module, the BlackDiamond 8500-G48T-e, has a U.S. list price of $3,995.

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