Extreme Gives a Nod to Copper

Arthur Cole

When it comes to acquiring the latest and greatest in enterprise network gear, it seems that the world runs exclusively on fiber. Nearly all of the latest 10 GbE offerings, for example, are designed to run over glass.

But the reality is that there is still a fair amount of copper in the enterprise hills, and it would certainly be a boon to most data centers if that infrastructure could gain a high-speed lane as well.

Extreme Networks seems to realize this with the release of the Summit X650 datacenter switch. It's a 1U top-of-the-rack device that operates on 10GBase-T and SPF+, providing 32 ports in a single device or up to 192 ports (256 Gbps) in a stacked configuration using the company's SummitStack system. It offers high-density Layer 2/3 switching with scalable IPv4 and IPv6 unicast and multicast routing.

It also offers future support for 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet through a Versatile Interface Module (VIM) slot.

The device is the latest in what Extreme says will be a complete 10Gbase-T portfolio. The company is working with Intel to incorporate RJ-45-compatible server adapters to tap into existing copper networks.

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