Extreme Networks Unveils Blackdiamond 8900-Series

by CXOtoday Staff    May 19, 2009

Extreme Networks today introduced the BlackDiamond 8900-series modules for the BlackDiamond 8800 series switch. This purpose-built enterprise architecture for next generation datacenters enables scalability of 10 gigabit Ethernet, up to 582 10 gigabit Ethernet ports in a single rack.

The increased growth of Ethernet services and resource intensive applications such as high definition video, Web 2.0 social platforms and UC collaboration, coupled with the trend for virtualization, server consolidation and IT outsourcing, are driving demands for highly scalable 10 gigabit Ethernet networks in datacenters and managed hosting facilities. Further, the trend towards more nimble, easy-to-manage cloud computing environments requires scalable networks that are easy to integrate and automate, as data centers leverage existing network assets. The BlackDiamond 8900-series modules deliver the performance and measurable value per dollar to support these advancing applications and architectural challenges, said a statement.

The modules upgrade the BlackDiamond 8800 platform with a 3.8 terabit switching fabric. Featuring the foundation of an advanced modular network operating system, ExtremeXOS, the BlackDiamond 8800 series switches provide quick integration and automation of network environments via Universal Port. Also enabled are XML, CLI and SNMP interfaces through EPICenter, a full-featured network management tool.

Organizations today are thinking about a few key things concerning their datacenter, including price/performance for their transition to 10 gigabit, energy efficiency and the consistency and ease-of-operation of their total solution, said Jon Oltsik, principal analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group. 

The BlackDiamond 8900-series modules join Extreme Networks family of Ethernet solutions including the Summit X450a and Summit X650, fixed switches within the data center. These modules complete Extreme Networks gigabit Ethernet and 10 gigabit Ethernet datacenter networking portfolio, giving customers a wide choice of products for top of rack and end of row architectures.
The modules will be available this quarter. The management switch module, BlackDiamond 8900-MSM128 has Asia Pacific list price of $27,495. The BlackDiamond 8900-10G24X-c module has APAC list price of $49,495. The BlackDiamond 8900-G96T-c module has APAC list price of $27,495.

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