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Extreme Networks launches data centre switches

Two new data centre class switches released by Extreme Networks

The growth in virtualisation is creating rising demand for scalable data centre infrastructure, says Ala'ali.
The growth in virtualisation is creating rising demand for scalable data centre infrastructure, says Ala'ali.

Extreme Networks has released two new data centre class switches, as part off its drive to provide infrastructure for virtualized data centres.

The two new switches, the BlackDiamond 8900-xl modules and Summit X480 stackable switches, are intended to provide the scalability and performance required to meet rapidly expanding demand for network bandwidth and resources.

The BlackDiamond 8900-xl modules include Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet data centre solutions that more than double the Layer 2 and Layer 3 table size supported and deliver 128 Gigabits switching capacity per line card. The modules, which are available as an upgrade to the BlackDiamond 8800 series switch family, also increase port density and scale, to allow a large number of virtual machines while minimizing network tiers.

The Extreme Networks Summit X480 fixed configuration 48 port 10/100/1000 switch provides data center class functionality with industry leading Layer 2/3 scalability, front-to-back airflow and dual internal hot swappable power supplies and fans. It includes an optional VIM2 slot, which is 40 Gigabit Ethernet ready, the Summit X480 supports a four port 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplink module or a stacking support module which provides 40Gbps or 128Gbps throughput.

Aziz Ala'ali, regional director for Extreme Networks, Middle East & Africa commented: "Today's data centres are adopting virtualization as a means of improving cost efficiencies, adding resiliency, as well as reducing power requirements. This coupled with the growing trend of moving towards a hosted/cloud model is leading to a significant growth in the scaling requirements of the data center network infrastructure.

"Extreme Networks is addressing scalability requirements of the evolving data center by offering higher performance and scale at Layer 2 and Layer 3 and delivering a portfolio of products that allow for increased architectural choice and enable cost-effective growth," he added.