Extreme Networks enables transition to cloud networks

Announces next-generation data centre products

Extreme Networks is offering next-generation data centre products to enable the migration to virtualised data centres and new infrastructure solutions that feature high scalability, performance and simplicity.

The new Extreme BlackDiamond 8900-xl modules and Summit X480 stackable switches will address the demand for high performance and increased scale in the data centre network driven due to the adoption of virtualisation and outsourcing of infrastructure to managed hosting and cloud providers.

Scalable data centres

The benefits of a virtualised infrastructure and cloud-based applications and systems can be realised by the scaling of data centres and both hosting companies and enterprises are making efforts in this direction.

As a virtualised infrastructure can enable resources to be dynamically managed and deployed, it can deliver great organisational flexibility, agility and scale. Extreme Networks says it is important for the network technology and systems to be highly scalable, deliver powerful performance, capacity and capabilities to support large data centre implementations.

In addition to support a rapidly expanding number of virtual machines, the network should be able to support a very large number of users within a limited power and physical footprint.

Boost physical network

Jon Oltsik, principal network analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group, noted the rapid growth in the managed hosting and cloud environments and said this is the reason why both Layer 2 and Layer 3 scalability becomes a major issue in the network.

Extreme Networks' new core and edge data centre switching solutions can boost the physical network to deliver the scale and flexibility for a variety of deployments. According to Oltsik, Extreme has introduced both Layer 2 and Layer 3 scale across its data centre product family of switches, and this will aid the scaling of network to enable these kinds of environments.

"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 national provider of retail logistics services in the US. "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."

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