Extreme Networks today announced that it is expanding support for its Direct Attach™ virtualised data centre network architecture for VMware environments. Working with its data centre ecosystem partner Exar, Extreme Networks will demonstrate the benefits of virtual machine switching moved back into the network.
The joint data centre solution for VMware features Exar’s X3100 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Card (10GbE NIC) and Extreme Networks’ Summit® X650. The joint solution expands on Extreme Networks’ introduction of Direct Attach with its data centre product portfolio at Las Vegas Interop. The Direct Attach data centre architecture, a Best of Interop finalist, features Extreme Networks’ implementation of virtual machine switching performed in the network rather than in servers. With this innovative approach, Direct Attach reduces network switching tiers by eliminating the virtual switch tier, and thus reduces cost, end–to-end latency, and security issues in the virtualised network while simplifying management.