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Flexible Data Rate Demands Fuel ExtremeSwitching Platforms

Extreme Networks announced the release of its Ethernet switching platforms to support flexible data rate demands.

Extreme Networks release new Ethernet switching platforms for flexible data rate demands.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Extreme Networks announced the release of its Ethernet switching platforms supporting multi-rate high-performance enterprise switched networks. The company developed the ExtremeSwitching platforms in response to the constantly growing demand for flexible data rates across data centers and networks.

The continued adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected medical devices demand more bandwidth, calling for more advanced network and data switching technology.

Two new Ethernet switching platforms will ideally increase flexibility for enterprise operations. ExtremeSwitching X870 Series provides high-density 100 gigabit (GB) fixed form switches, for top-of-rack and leaf-spine architectures, while the ExtremeSwitching X620-16p and X460-G2 Ethernet multi-rate switches integrate the latest IEEE 802.3bz and NBASE-T Alliance multi-rate Ethernet standards to support 1GB, 2.5GB and 5GB data rates.

An ethernet switch connects network devices and allows them to communicate with one another. Switches also help organizations allocate resources by allowing computers and devices to share during periods of high density traffic.

Extreme Networks stated that its customers are looking for more flexibility from their switch solutions. In the network core, organizations want support for 10, 25, 40, 50, or 100GB data rates along with flexible port licensing options for transition from 40 GB to 100 GB. For future proofing the network, organizations also seek 1, 2.5, and 5 GB data rates at the edge of the network.

The addition of these new Ethernet switches offers organizations more software-driven networking tools that address edge-to-core infrastructure, rather than facilitating all data traffic through a centralized hub.

The Ethernet Switches include:

  • High-Density, High-Performance Data Center Switching – The X870 Series offers high-density 100GB fixed form switches suited for top-of-rack and leaf-spine architectures.   
  • Flexible Migration from 10GB to 100GB – The X870 Series port licensing allows customers to pay as they grow, lowering the upfront expense of a 100 GB investment by enabling migration from 10GB to 25, 40, 50 or 100GB as needed.
  • Multi-Rate Access to Support Next-Gen Devices – Extreme's X620-16p and X460-G2 provide multi-rate 1, 2.5, 5 and 10GB bandwidth rates that flexibly accommodate the new and cascading demands of IOT devices, as well as the new generation of 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access technology.     

Bell Computer-Netzwerke GmbH Managing Director Wilhelm Langen stated that the new Ethernet switching platforms will increase support for different data rates and the X870 port licensing option. Langen believes that the new features will assist his organization’s needs for a scalable data center infrastructure.

IDC Research Director Brad Casemore cited the digital transformation as the top challenge for organizations to maintain required data speeds across the network.

“As organizations continue to invest in IoT, Big Data and the cloud as a whole, it's inevitable that vendors will need to provide solutions that can not only simplify data operations, but also accelerate them so that data center performance can keep pace,” Casemore said in a statement. “The introduction of the X870 and multi-rate switch lines further demonstrate Extreme Networks' commitment to meeting its customers' evolving needs in data center and enterprise networking."

As healthcare organizations add new devices onto the network, legacy internet connectivity systems can become strained as bandwidth demands increase. Switches allow organizations to connect many computers to the ethernet. The switch prevents signals from getting crossed do the device using the most bandwidth doesn’t compete with the other devices connected to the switch.

Healthcare organizations are constantly deploying computers and servers that require more bandwidth to successfully send and receive information. Connecting these devices to the Ethernet gives them a wider bandwidth for high-density data exchanges and a stable and constant connection to the network.