Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Extreme Networks Expands Vision For Scalable Virtualised Networks


Explosive network resource and bandwidth requirements from server virtualisation and cloud networking are driving demand for higher performance Ethernet switches in managed/hosted data centres and enterprise data centres. Extreme Networks has responded with its next-generation data centre vision for migrating 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 networking, where resources can be dynamically managed and deployed, and space and energy efficiency are key requirements. Because the physical network is the foundation for virtualisation, it is vital that it be highly scalable, demonstrating robust performance, capacity and capabilities to support large table sizes that accommodate growth. Increased performance of the physical network enables the data centre network to support varied environments characterised by a rapidly expanding number of virtual machines and very large numbers of users within a small footprint.

Extreme Networks today introduced new core and edge data centre switching solutions that boost the physical network with scalability and flexibility for a range of deployments. The BlackDiamond® 8900-xl modules and Summit® X480 stackable switches offer industry-leading data centre solutions that allow for varied network configurations and design strategies being deployed by managed hosting companies and enterprises.

“Today’s data centres are adopting virtualisation as a means of improving cost efficiencies, adding resiliency, as well as reducing power requirements. This coupled with the growing trend of moving towards a hosted/cloud model is leading to a significant growth in the scaling requirements of the data centre network infrastructure,” said Extreme Networks Senior Director of Strategy, Shehzad Merchant. “Extreme Networks is addressing scalability requirements of the evolving data centre by offering higher performance and scale at Layer 2 and Layer 3 and delivering a portfolio of products that allow for increased architectural choice and enable cost-effective growth.”
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