Extreme Networks intros 40-Gigabit Ethernet capabilities

April 27, 2010
APRIL 26, 2010 -- Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) has unveiled scalable 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network capabilities at Interop Las Vegas. The VIM3-40G4X adds four 40GbE connections to the Summit X650 top-of-rack stackable switches for $3,995, or less than $1,000 per port.

APRIL 26, 2010 -- Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) has unveiled scalable 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network capabilities at Interop Las Vegas. The VIM3-40G4X adds four 40GbE connections to the Summit X650 top-of-rack stackable switches for $3,995, or less than $1,000 per port.

The new module is fully compatible with the existing Summit X650 and Summit X480 stackable switches, Extreme says.

"As data centers increase in server density through consolidation efforts and the use of virtualization, 40GbE connectivity from the network core to top-of-rack switches becomes critical to providing the performance and scale required of the network," said Shehzad Merchant, senior director of strategy for Extreme Networks. "Furthermore, as servers move to native 10GbE connectivity, the need for 40GbE at the top-of-rack becomes even more acute."

At Interop Las Vegas, Extreme Networks is demonstrating the VIM3-40G4X installed in a Summit X650 stackable switch in a "top-of-rack" configuration connected to the BlackDiamond 8800 chassis with a four-port 40GbE module configured as the data center core.

Continued Merchant, "As servers and storage quickly migrate to higher density 10GbE connectivity, a compelling need arises for increased scalability in the data center. With the introduction of 40GbE, Extreme Networks furthers its commitment to cost-effectively scaling data center, as customers migrate from physical networks, to virtual networks and on to the cloud."

Pricing and availability: Extreme Networks VIM3-40G4X for the Summit X650 series switch will be in customer trial in the third quarter of 2010 and customer shipment follows at the U.S. list price of $3,995.

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