Extreme adds 40 gigabit Ethernet to its range

Upgrade module to bring emerging 40 GbE speed to Extreme data centre switches

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Extreme adds 40 gigabit Ethernet to its range 40 GbE provides a smooth transition to meet the demands of data centre computing, says Extreme Networks.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 15, 2010

Extreme Networks has announced the introduction of 40 gigabit Ethernet (40 GbE) networking solutions into its range.

The company has launched the VIM3-40G4X, an upgrade which will bring 40 GbE capability to its Summit range of stackable data centre switches.

The new introduction is intended to allow customers to access the emerging 40 GbE standard while maintaining their existing infrastructure. Extreme says 40 GbE serves as an aggregation technology, to allow for a smooth upgrade to the greatly increased demands of data centres server performance for virtualisation, storage and other high performance tasks.

Bob L. Corey, CFO and acting president & CEO of Extreme Networks said: "As data centres increase in server density through consolidation efforts and the use of virtualization, 40 GbE connectivity from the network core to Top-of-Rack switches becomes critical to providing the performance and scale required of the network. Furthermore, as servers move to native 10 GbE connectivity, the need for 40 GbE at the top-of-rack becomes even more acute."

The VIM3-40G4X will add four 40 GbE connections to Extreme's Summit X650 Top-of-Rack stackable switches for $3,995, or less than $1,000 per port. The module will bring 40 GbE speeds to all of the features of the Extreme XOS operating system, including Layer 2/Layer 3 forwarding, redundancy and resiliency features such as EAPS.

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

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