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BlackDiamond X8

Cloud-Scale Data Center Switch

  • Meets HPC, IXP, and data center demands
  • High-density wire-speed 10GbE, 40GbE, and 100GbE connectivity
  • Unmatched performance with 20.48Tbs capacity

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Simplify, virtualize, and converge cloud-scale data center networks.

Data centers today demand highly virtualized, converged, and scalable infrastructure. Multi-tenancy and cloud computing are driving the need for simplicity and cost efficiency from the network fabric, along with a need for expandability, high performance, and service up-time. The Extreme Networks Open Fabric solution, led by its flagship BlackDiamond® X8 platform, provides seamless any-to-any connectivity through a simple, scalable, and centrally orchestrated network.

BlackDiamond X8 Certified with VCE Vblock Systems.

Designed for cloud-scale requirements of data centers, high-performance computing (HPC), and Internet exchange points (IXP), the BlackDiamond X8 provides a low-latency, high-performance switch fabric with high-density wire-speed 10GbE, 40GbE, and 100GbE connectivity for edge-to-core applications, all in a compact footprint using only one-third of a standard rack. As a “fabric-in-a-box” solution, the BlackDiamond X8 eliminates expensive multi-tier architectures and the challenges of inter-device connectivity, uplink bandwidth, and latency. The BlackDiamond X8 also leverages a low-power design ideal for green operations and high degrees of energy efficiency, resulting in lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

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  • High-density 1/10GbE, 40GbE, and 100GbE switch for data center consolidation
  • 768 ports of 10GbE SFP+ per switch, 2,304 ports per rack
  • 384 ports of 100/1000/10000MbE RJ45 per switch, 1,152 ports per rack
  • 384 ports of 1GbE SFP per switch, 1,152 ports per rack (using 10GbE)
  • 192 ports of 40GbE QSFP+ per switch, 576 ports per rack
  • 32 ports of 100GbE CFP2 per switch, 96 ports per rack
  • Orthogonal architecture with 20.48Tbps switching capacity
  • 2.3 μSec port-to-port latency
  • High-scale routing with 1 million forwarding entries
  • Powered by time-tested, modular ExtremeXOS® operating system with resilient and intelligent virtualization features and hardware switching of up to 1 million virtual machines
  • Converged open fabric for reliable IP-based storage services and transit for FCoE traffic
  • Low power consumption of 5.6 watts per 10GbE or 22.5 watts per 40GbE port for low total cost of ownership
  • “Cloud-scale” switching
  • High-scale enterprise routing
  • High-density, high-scale server virtualization
  • Reliable delivery of converged storage traffic
  • Low latency for faster response time
  • Orchestration through Software Defined Networking
  • Inter-data center connectivity
  • High availability for service assurance
  • Lower operating costs, better business margins
High-performance switching
  • 20+Tbps switching capacity
  • 2.56Tbps bandwidth per slot
  • 192 x 40GbE or 768 x 10GbE or 32 x 100GbE
High-availability design
  • N+1 switching, power, and fan redundancy
  • N+N Power GRID redundancy
Low latency
  • 2.3 µsec
High-density design
  • 14.5 RU (1/3 rack )
Virtualization support
  • 128K virtual machines
  • Virtual port profile (VPP) support
  • Virtual machine lifecycle management with XNV
Storage convergence
Lower TCO
  • High-efficiency 100GbE CFP2 optics
  • 5.6W per 10GbE port
  • Pure front-to-back cooling
  • Intelligent power management
  • Variable-speed fans