Extreme Switch Fosters Ethernet Migration

Arthur Cole

Extreme Networks has come out with a new enterprise switch that the company says pushes the envelope in 10 GbE throughput even while it preserves the ability to maintain 1 GbE connections for a smoother migration process.


The Summit X650 is a single RU, 24-port non-blocking 10 GbE switch that is stackable up to 256 ports. The company has also developed what it calls "Versatile Interface Modules" (VIMS) that offer the ability to combine the X650 and the 1 GbE X450 switch within the same stack, allowing networks to preserve legacy 1 GbE operations while upgrading to 10 GbE with minimal disruption.


The X650 supports the open architecture ExtremeXOS operating system that powers the company's existing line of core, aggregation and edge switches.


The device is due to hit the shelves by the end of the year, with an expected list price of under $20,000.

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