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ExtremeAccess Platform 1400 Series

Powerful Branch Platform that Seamlessly Extends Extreme Fabric Connect Services to Remote Locations

Product Highlights

  • Branch device that enables secure Fabric services extension for distributed enterprises
  • Extends transparent fabric services over MPLS-based WAN or internet connections
  • Enables security and micro-segmentation end-to-end from central site to remote locations or branches
  • Supports IPSec for secure encrypted connection over the public internet or Service Provider WAN
  • Compact form factor ideal for small sites
  • Two hardware models to support varying bandwidth needs
  • Each model provides 6 x 1 Gigabit copper Ethernet ports, along with 2 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ fiber ports
  • 1, 3, and 5-year term-based licensing model that includes software services

Designed to extend the reach of Extreme Fabric Connect technology to remote sites, the ExtremeAccess Platform 1400 Series with Fabric Connect VPN software delivers fully featured network virtualization capabilities in a cost-effective hardware appliance. Optimized for remote locations, the ExtremeAccess Platform extends secure multi-service capabilities across either Service Provider WAN or Public Internet links in a compact form factor ideal for small sites. It offers a simplified, yet secure way to extend campus fabric services to branch locations.

The ExtremeAccess Platform 1400 Series (XA 1400) are compact general-purpose hardware appliances intended for remote site or branch deployments. Designed for use with Fabric Connect VPN (FCVPN) software, the XA 1400 enhances the value of an existing Extreme Automated Campus deployment by expanding the reach of Fabric Connect services to remote sites while delivering a consistent and uniform user experience. FCVPN software transparently extends Fabric Connect services, such as L2/L3 VSNs, over 3rd-party provider networks, including MPLS-based WANs or the Internet. In addition to secure Fabric segmentation over the WAN, FCVPN software also supports IPSec for end-to-end traffic encryption.


The ExtremeAccess Platform 1400 with Fabric Connect VPN software also supports Layer 3 services. This enables it to address IP routing requirements, in addition to its fabric-based services. Layer 3 services include IPv4 dynamic and static routing, as well as Border Gateway Protocol with support for RIPv1/2, OSPFv2, BGPv4, and VRF.

When enabled with Fabric Connect VPN software, the ExtremeAccess Platform 1400 Series supports full-feature Extreme Fabric Connect capabilities. Based on an extended implementation of the Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) standards of IEEE 802.1aq and IETF RFC 6329, Fabric Connect offers a virtualized network that simplifies network provisioning and reduces the strain on network and IT personnel. Benefits include:

  • Eliminates the need to configure network-wide VLANs
  • Replaces legacy protocols with a single unified protocol
  • Removes the risk of network loops
  • Delivers an edge-only provisioning model that seamlessly integrates with orchestration and automation
  • Supports both L2 and L3 virtualization

Specific Fabric Connect features supported on the ExtremeAccess Platform with the Fabric Connect VPN software include: L2 Virtual Service Networks (VSNs), Layer 3 Virtual Service Networks, Inter-VSN Routing, IPv4 Shortcuts, and Fabric Extend Tunneling.

The ExtremeAccess Platform 1400 Series can be managed in a variety of ways. Simple on-box management functions are delivered by a web-based GUI and a generic CLI is available for manual configuration. Centralized management can be done via ExtremeCloud IQ - Site Engine which provides a comprehensive unified management capability.

The ExtremeAccess Platform 1400 will typically be deployed to extend secure Fabric Connect services from a head-end or campus location to a remote site. Connection can be over a Service Provider WAN or public internet using either Fabric Extend or IPSec encrypted tunnels. In either case, Fabric Connect services can be securely extended to the remote location. The following sections provide typical deployment scenarios.

Two models of the ExtremeAccess Platform 1400 Series are available: the XA 1440 and the XA 1480. Both are x86-based hardware appliances equipped with six (6) Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 copper ports and two (2) 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ fiber ports. They also include serial and USB ports for management, as well as external flash use.

ExtremeAccess Platform 1440 (aka XA 1440): This model is intended for small site or branch applications in cases where up to 100 Mbps of WAN throughput is required. This model includes a 4-core Intel processor, 8Gb RAM and 32Gb Solid State Drive (SSD).

ExtremeAccess Platform 1480 (aka XA 1480): This model is intended for mid-sized branch or head-end appliance use cases where up to 500 Mbps of WAN throughout is required. This model includes an 8 core Intel processor, 8Gb RAM and 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD).