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  • 27 January 2010 11:51

Extreme Networks announces scalable virtualised infrastructure for managed hosting and enterprise data centres

New networking infrastructure supports higher capacity, multi-layer switching and routing with large table sizes allowing organisations to transition from physical, to virtual to cloud networks

SYDNEY, Jan 27, 2010 – The adoption of virtualisation and outsourcing of infrastructure to managed hosting and cloud providers is driving demand for high performance and increased scale in the data centre network.

Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) has responded with next-generation data centre products to enable the migration to virtualised data centres and new infrastructure solutions that feature market-leading scalability, performance and simplicity.

Hosting companies and enterprises alike are scaling their data centres to realise the benefits of a virtualised infrastructure and cloud-based applications and systems. This new architecture enables resources to be dynamically managed and deployed and therefore delivers great organisational flexibility, agility and scale.

The physical network – providing essential interconnect and backbone within and between Data Centres globally- is the foundation for the new virtualised architecture and topologies. It is therefore essential that the network technology and systems be highly scalable, deliver powerful performance, capacity and capabilities to support large data centre implementations.

Whether these deployments are based on Layer 2 or Layer 3 designs, the network must support a rapidly expanding number of virtual machines and a very large numbers of users within a limited power and physical footprint.

“As managed hosting and cloud environments continue to grow rapidly, both Layer 2 and Layer 3 scalability becomes a major issue in the network,” said Jon Oltsik, principal network analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group.

Extreme Networks today introduced new core and edge data centre switching solutions that boost the physical network to deliver the scale and flexibility for a broad range of deployments. The BlackDiamond® 8900-xl modules and Summit® X480 stackable switches offer industry-leading data centre solutions that allow for a variety of network architectures and topologies to be deployed by managed hosting companies and enterprises.

“With this announcement, Extreme Networks introduces both Layer 2 and Layer 3 scale across its data centre product family of switches, and this is essential to scaling the network to enable these kinds of environments,” said Oltsik.

“Extreme Networks has answered the call as we expand our business, consolidate our data centre and migrate to 10 Gigabit Ethernet core,” said Hugh Wilkins, senior manager of Information Technology for Inmar, a leading national provider of retail logistics services in the United States. “Extreme Networks met our foremost priorities for our data centre with its Summit and BlackDiamond solution families, and our network has the intelligence, flexibility and performance to manage multiple terabytes of data across our virtualised server environment.”

Product Highlights 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 previously supported and deliver a high speed switching capacity of 128 Gigabits per line card. Additionally, the BlackDiamond 8900-xl modules increase port density and scale, allowing the largest data centres to minimise network tiers while supporting increasing numbers of virtual machines. The BlackDiamond 8900-xl modules are available as upgrades to the BlackDiamond 8800 series switch family, allowing organisations to grow at their own pace while avoiding a forklift upgrade.

Extreme Networks Summit X480 fixed configuration 48 port 10/100/1000 switch provides data centre class functionality with industry leading Layer 2/3 scalability, front-to-back airflow and dual internal hot swappable power supplies and fans. Taking advantage of the 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.

The Summit X480 serves as a high performance data centre edge solution with robust stacking features to enable highly scalable ‘virtual chassis’ configurations for the data centre. Virtual chassis functionality allows the data centre to control 1.8 terabit of switching capacity as a single managed device.

The BlackDiamond 8900-xl modules and Summit X480 stackable switches fit within Extreme Networks extensibility framework, featuring the single modular operating system, ExtremeXOS™, XML APIs, an open SDK and cross platform scripting capabilities enabling more rapid customisation and automation of the network.

To learn more about Extreme Networks high performance data centre solutions, visit:

Extreme Networks, Inc. Extreme Networks provides converged Ethernet networks that support data, voice and video for enterprises and service providers. The company’s network solutions feature high performance and high availability switching that deliver insight and control enabling customers to solve their real-world business communications challenges. Operating in more than 50 countries, Extreme Networks provides wired and wireless secure LANs, data centre infrastructure and Service Provider Ethernet transport solutions that are complemented by global, 24x7 service and support. For more information, visit:

Extreme Networks, ExtremeXOS and Summit are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other names and marks are the property of their respective owners.

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