It’s a Rate Story: Flexible Multi-Rate Options on our Access and Data Center Switches Are Here!

SarahJane Walshe Manager, Marketing Communications Published 27 Jun 2018


The Internet of Things (IoT), as well as new generations of wireless and storage devices are shaping the evolution of campus and data center switching. The demand for flexible data rates across both data center and campus networks is growing as enterprise switched networks continue to be driven by the increasing bandwidth demands of new access devices and technology.

The Dilemma: The Need for Speed

The forces associated with digital transformation are not only impacting the datacenter network, but they’re also challenging organizations to maintain greater data speeds across their enterprise networks. More than ever, customers are demanding flexibility from their switch solutions. In the network core, they want support for 10, 25, 40, 50 or 100Gb data rates, as well as flexible port licensing options that enable a seamless transition from 10Gb to 100Gb. At the edge, they want 1, 2.5 and 5Gb data rates for maximum flexibility and to future-proof their network.

Today’s mid-size and large enterprises require products that will enable them to streamline their existing infrastructure and meet their evolving datacenter and enterprise networking needs. As organizations continue to invest in IoT, Big Data and the cloud as a whole, it’s inevitable that vendors will need to provide solutions that can not only simplify data operations, but also accelerate  datacenter performance to keep pace.

The Solution: Flexible, Multi-Rate Switches That Support Current and Future Needs

To help our customers with these next-Gen network requirements, we have announced three new leading-edge Ethernet switching platforms designed to enhance the value and to increase the flexible operations of customers’ enterprise networks.

The new ExtremeSwitching™ X870 Series offers customers high-density 100 gigabit (Gb) fixed form switches, suited for top-of-rack and leaf-spine architectures, while the new ExtremeSwitching X620-16p and X460-G2 Ethernet multi-rate switches integrate the latest IEEE 802.3bz and NBASE-T Alliance multi-rate Ethernet standards to support 1Gb, 2.5Gb and 5Gb data rates. Our new 2.5 Gigabit and 5 Gigabit multi-rate access switches offer greater efficiency for moving higher bandwidths over copper infrastructure.  Not only that, but our X870 provides a flexible range of high-speed rate options for connecting servers or other switches within the data center.

The high-density, high-performance data center switching of the X870 Series offers flexible migration from 10Gb to 100Gb with port licensing which allows customers to pay as they grow, lowering the upfront expense of a 100Gb investment by enabling migration from 10GB to 25, 40, 50 or 100Gb as needed and at the customer’s desired pace. Extreme’s X620-16p and X460-G2 provide multi-rate access to support next-gen devices with 1, 2.5, 5 and 10Gb bandwidth rates that flexibly accommodate the new and cascading demands of IOT devices, as well as the new generation of 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access technology.    

Be the First to Check Out Our New Multi-Rate Switches

Extreme Networks will be demonstrating the X870 Series and the new Ethernet multi-rate switches at Interop 2017 in booth #201. In addition, Extreme is participating in a panel session, “Infrastructure 2025: What Will the Future Look Like,” at 11:40 a.m. PT on Thursday, May 18 in Room #121.

For more information on the new Multi-Rate Options from ExtremeSwitching, please visit our ExtremeSwitching Multi-Rate Options Product Page.




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