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Extreme Networks Releases the BlackDiamond X8 Ethernet Switch

F.Y. Teng | March 2, 2012
The new switch should enable “Cloud scale networks with the highest density, ultra-low latency and high energy efficiency,” said the company’s executives in a statement issued Wednesday (February 22, 2012).

Extreme Networks announced the general availability of its brand new BlackDiamond X8 modular Ethernet switch on Wednesday (February 22, 2012). The switch features the latest iteration of the company’s operating system, ExtremeOS 15.1 release, which enables “Cloud scale networks with the highest density, ultra-low latency and high energy efficiency,” according to a statement released by Extreme Networks on the day of the announcement.

The statement also went on to say that “the BlackDiamond X8 can support 192 40-GbE ports at wire speed or 768, 10-GbE ports at wire speed,” and “provides unmatched 1.28 Tbps bandwidth per slot or 20+ Tbps capacity per switch.”

“A single rack of three BlackDiamond X8s can replace from to 2 to 18 racks of other network switches, lowering power costs up to 50 percent by reducing the number of devices and freeing up valuable space for more server and storage racks inside the data centre,” it said. “The BlackDiamond X8 also includes storage convergence technologies such as Data Center Bridging (DCB) to enable LAN-SAN convergence for iSCSI, NFS, CIFS as well as FCoE with supported FSB capability. Power and cooling features include intelligent power management for unused ports, front-to-back cooling and variable fan speed, allowing greater power efficiency. Designed for high availability, the BlackDiamond X8 includes 1+1 Management; and N+1 Fabric,  power and fan;  N+N Power Grid; and multi-chassis clustering using M-LAG.”

“The BlackDiamond X8 has the ability to switch up to 128,000 virtual machines(VMs) at wire speed, and automatically migrate Virtual Port Profiles (VPPs) with XNV (ExtremeXOS® Network Virtualization). Automated configuration and provisioning further contribute to simplicity of deployment and operation,” according to the statement.


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