May 10, 2011

Meeting the Requirements for Change – Extreme Networks Open Fabric Data Center Architecture

Live post from Interop Las Vegas

In a fast-moving world the network has to change. Today we announced our Extreme Networks Open Fabric  Data Center1, solutions addressing enterprise and cloud data centers.

With this announcement, we have taken the next important step in transitioning our customers from physical networks to virtual networks and into the Cloud.  Our new solutions respond directly to the impact of emerging Cloud-based services, user mobility, the further adoption of virtualization, and consumerization of IT.

This week at Interop Las Vegas, our demonstrations highlight openness (see our news from last week about the Open Network Foundation (ONF)), performance, automation, and simplicity – critical data center success factors.  Our extensive product features take on the most important challenges, including low latency, energy efficiency and providing flexibility for network designs. And because they unify under one software OS, ExtremeXOS®, it makes implementing and managing them easy.

Most exciting is that our new BlackDiamond® X8 is the market’s first 20 Tbps chassis, featuring up to 768 non-blocking 10GbE ports or 192 non-blocking 40GbE ports in 1/3rd rack (14.5 RU), and is designed to evolve to support 100GbE.  To complement this End of Row solution, we also introduced a new line of fixed data center switches for Top of Rack.  The new Summit® X670 TOR switches offer 64 ports of wire speed 10 GbE or 48 ports of wire speed 10GbE with a modular four port wire-speed 40GbE uplink. Lastly, our BlackDiamond 8900 high density switch now supports 6×40 GbE blades, providing investment protection.

Please stop by Booth #2051 and see the new boxes for yourself.


1 The BlackDiamond X8 is scheduled to begin customer trials in October 2011 and Summit X670 switches are expected to be available for shipment in July 2011.


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