Sunday, September 21, 2008

Extreme Packs Carrier Ethernet Density into BlackDiamond 20808

Extreme Networks unveiled its fifth-generation, BlackDiamond 20808 metro Ethernet transport switch, packing up to 2 Tbps of switching capacity in an 8-slot system.

The BlackDiamond 20808 switch offers 120 Gbps per slot, resulting in up to sixty-four (64) 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports per chassis and 192 10 GE ports per rack. The switch fabric provides capacity for future high density, line-rate 40 GE and 100 GE line-card upgrades. The design leverages fully distributed network processors that deliver line rate performance for a broad range of industry standard and emerging protocols.

In addition to metro-scale density, Extreme Networks said its BlackDiamond 20808 would break new ground in terms of total cost of ownership for metro Ethernet transport.

The company is offering a list price of under $5,800 per 10 GE port. As a Layer 2 metro solution, the BlackDiamond 20808 offers simple operation and management compared to router-based metro architectures. The BlackDiamond 20808 metro Ethernet transport solution will be available in December. List price for an entry level system is under U.S. $100,000.

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