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  • 27 April 2010 09:48

Extreme Networks introduces 40 Gigabit Ethernet upgrade for stackable data centre switches at breakthrough pricing under $1,000 per port

Data Centre portfolio upgrades to 40GbE without need for forklift upgrade

SYDNEY, April 27, 2010. Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today announced highly scalable 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network solutions at Interop Las Vegas. The VIM3-40G4X adds four 40 GbE connections to the award-winning Summit® X650 Top-of-Rack stackable switches for $3,995, or less than $1,000 per port.

The new module is fully compatible with the existing Summit X650 and Summit X480 stackable switches, preserving customers’ investments while providing a smooth upgrade to greatly increased scalability of both virtualised and non-virtualised data centres.

“As data centres increase in server density through consolidation efforts and the use of virtualisation, 40 GbE connectivity from the network core to Top-of-Rack switches becomes critical to providing the performance and scale required of the network,” said Shehzad Merchant, senior director of strategy for Extreme Networks. “Furthermore, as servers move to native 10 GbE connectivity, the need for 40 GbE at the top-of-rack becomes even more acute.”

At Interop Las Vegas, Extreme Networks is demonstrating the VIM3-40G4X installed in a Summit X650 stackable switch in a ‘Top-of-Rack’ configuration connected to the BlackDiamond 8900 chassis with a four port 40 GbE module configured as the Data Centre core. All the industry-leading features of the ExtremeXOS® modular operating system, including Layer 2/Layer 3 forwarding, redundancy and resiliency features such as EAPS, and the ability to bond together multiple 40 GbE links, are implemented at 40 GbE speeds.

Extreme Networks’ recent announcement of its XNV VM Lifecycle Management and the Direct Attach network virtualisation architecture, named a Best of Interop Finalist in the virtualisation category, are fully supported with 40 GbE at their release.

40 GbE is poised to become a data centre infrastructure requirement, where it serves as an aggregation technology necessary to build data centres with high performance servers that are supporting virtualised services, video, storage and traditional applications.

“The debut of 40 GbE at Interop highlights the scalability of our existing data centre solutions while enabling a ‘no forklift upgrade’ for customers,” continued Merchant. “As servers and storage quickly migrate to higher density 10 GbE connectivity, a compelling need arises for increased scalability in the data centre. With the introduction of 40 GbE, Extreme Networks furthers its commitment to cost-effectively scaling data centre, as customers migrate from physical networks, to virtual networks and on to the cloud.”

These high performance data centre network solutions are being showcased at Extreme Networks Interop booth #2143 and include the new VIM3-40G4X module for the Summit® X650 Top-of-Rack switch. Working with Ixia, Extreme Networks is demonstrating wire-speed 40 Gigabit Ethernet interface modules for its Summit X650 and BlackDiamond® 8800 switches at its Interop booth. Utilising Ixia’s IxYukon and IxNetwork test solutions, Extreme Networks demonstrates wire-speed 40Gbps performance and can process 60 million packets per second (120Mpps full duplex) of data centre traffic between ToR and EoR switches.

Pricing and Availability Extreme Networks VIM3-40G4X for the Summit X650 series switch will be in customer trial in the third quarter of 2010 and customer shipment follows at the U.S. list price of $3,995. Extreme Networks, Inc. Extreme Networks provides converged Ethernet network infrastructure that support data, voice and video for enterprises and service providers. The company's network solutions feature high performance, high availability and scalable switching solutions that enable organizations to address real-world communications challenges and opportunities. Operating in more than 50 countries, Extreme Networks provides wired and wireless secure LANs, data centre infrastructure and Service Provider Ethernet transport solutions that are complemented by global, 24x7 service and support. For more information, visit: Extreme Networks’ distributor in Australia is Distribution Central. In New Zealand, distributors are Distribution Central and Ericsson NZ.

Extreme Networks, BlackDiamond and Summit are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other names and marks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information Aaron Condon Acting Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Extreme Networks Phone: +61-2-8912 2401 Mobile: +61-410 537 006 Email:

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