Extreme Networks has launched a new flagship switch, the BlackDiamond X8, which now pushes the industry parameters for performance, density and power efficiency.
According to data from independent test lab, the Lippis Report, the BlackDiamond X8 now delivers the lowest latency (2.3 µs), highest port density (768 10GE ports in a third of a rack) and lowest power (5.6 watts per port).
According to Marty Lans, senior director, Data Centre Marketing, the X8 is ideal for cloud computing and virtualized environments, which require more dynamic traffic management. As part of Extreme’s Open Fabric architecture, the X8 supports any-to-any traffic, and is virtualization aware, so it can keep track of where each virtual machine is to direct require resources.
The BlackDiamond X8 can support 192 40-GbE ports at wire speed or 768, 10-GbE ports at wire speed. For enterprises that want to mobilize their application workloads and Virtual Machines (VMs) in the data center, the BlackDiamond X8 provides 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% by reducing the number of devices and freeing up valuable space for more server and storage racks inside the data center.
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.
Another dimension of the X8 is its support for software-defined networking standards such as OpenFlow through its ExtremeXOS platform.
According to Extreme Networks, 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.
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