Extreme Networks offers Open Fabric data center systems for cloud networks

Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) has unveiled its Open Fabric data center switches for “cloud-scale” applications. The systems are designed to provide high performance, low latency, and energy efficiency.

Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) has unveiled its Open Fabric data center switches for “cloud-scale” applications. The systems are designed to provide high performance, low latency, and energy efficiency.

The Open Fabric portfolio includes:

  • The BlackDiamond X8 modular chassis, a 20-terabit chassis featuring up to 768 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) ports or 192 non-blocking 40GbE ports in a one-third rack or 14.5 rack unit (RU) and is designed to evolve to support 100GbE. Equipped with redundant power, redundant management, redundant fabrics, and populated for 768 10GbE interfaces, The BlackDiamond X8 has a list price of $1,000 per 10GbE port and $4,000 per 40GbE port, and is expected to begin customer trials in October 2011.
  • Summit X670 Top-of-Rack switches with up to 64 ports of wire-speed 10GbE or 48 ports of wire-speed 10GbE with modular four ports of wire-speed 40GbE uplinks. They are expected to be available for shipment in July 2011, with list pricing starting at $14,995.
  • BlackDiamond 8900 6x40GbE blades.

The Extreme Networks says the Open Fabric data center offering leverages the ExtremeXOS operating system end-to-end and emphasizes wire-speed switching of Virtual Machines (VMs); intelligence to automate VM mobility through XNV; standards-based, non-blocking high density 10-Gbps server connectivity; and non-blocking, high-density 40-Gbps fabric interconnect with multi-path forwarding that is also designed to evolve for 100GbE.

The Extreme Networks Open Fabric data center architecture incorporates standards-based OpenFlow technology to simplify network provisioning and supports Data Center Bridging (DCB) to provide consolidation of LAN and storage fabrics in the data center, including iSCSI and FCoE.

"A sweet spot of the cloud and data center transition will be the migration of virtualized servers from 1GbE to 10GbE, where much denser and highly efficient network architectures are required," said Jon Oltsik, principal analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group. "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."

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