Enterprise IT managers have limited time or resources to deal with overly complex, specialized network infrastructure solutions. BlackDiamond 8800 series switches from Extreme Networks simplify the architecture. Purpose-built core, aggregation, edge and Data Center modules can meet your chassis needs across the network. Traditional three-tier architectures can be replaced with a streamlined two-tier network that reduces management overhead, operational complexity and capital expenditures.
BlackDiamond 8800 series switches deliver voice-class availability, high-density Power over Ethernet (PoE), Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet wherever it's needed. With three families of modules to choose from, the BlackDiamond 8800 series switches can support a wide variety of applications. It serves well as a high-performance Enterprise core and Data Center switch. The ports interconnect thousands of servers for High Performance Cluster Computing (HPCC). A full range of Layer 2 - 4 features for IPv4 and IPv6 allow the aggregation of high-speed connections, minimizing bottlenecks between edge and core. BlackDiamond 8800 fits well at the edge of the most demanding enterprises, with Voice-over-IP, video, wireless and data traffic. The multifaceted BlackDiamond 8800 series switches support IPv6 today, preparing the Enterprise for the future.
Redundant management modules
The BlackDiamond 8800 series of modular switches are configured with an automatic failover mechanism so that if one Management Switch Module (MSM) fails, the second MSM will automatically take over management responsibility for the entire switch. This feature is critical for networks running voice and other mission-critical applications.
Advanced chassis design for availability
BlackDiamond 8800 series switches include a passive backplane complemented by high availability design elements such as isolated control and data planes, redundant controller boards for power distribution, and fan control and environmental monitoring to identify anomalies before they affect network availability.
Redundant load sharing power supplies
BlackDiamond 8800 series switches support a set of redundant power configurations that can load share up to six internal power supplies simultaneously. Three power supplies in a 2 + 1 redundancy configuration can power a fully loaded chassis with gigabit or 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
True preemptive multitasking and protected memory
BlackDiamond 8800 series switches allow each of the many protocols such as Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Spanning Tree to run as separate OS processes that are protected from each other. This drives increased system integrity and inherently protects against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.
Process monitoring and restart
ExtremeXOS dramatically increases network availability using process monitoring and restart. Each independent OS process is monitored in real time. If a process becomes unresponsive or stops running, it can be automatically restarted.
Loadable software modules
The modular design of ExtremeXOS allows the upgrading of individual software modules, should this be necessary, leading to higher availability in the network.
Ethernet Automatic Protection Switching (EAPS)
EAPS allows the IP network to provide the level of resiliency and uptime that users expect from their traditional voice networks. EAPS is superior to the Spanning Tree or Rapid Spanning Tree Protocols, offering sub-second (less than 50 milliseconds) recovery and delivering consistent failover regardless of number of VLANs, number of network nodes or network topology.
Software enhanced availabilityProduct Highlights
Software enhanced availability allows users to remain connected to the network even if part of the network infrastructure is down. BlackDiamond 8800 series switches constantly check for problems in the uplink connections using advanced Layer 3 protocols such as OSPF, VRRP and Extreme Standby Router Protocol (ESRP), and dynamically route around the problem.
- Redundant system design
- Modular ExtremeXOS Operating System (OS) for non-stop operations
- Ethernet Automatic Protection Switching (EAPS) resiliency protocol
- High-density gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch
- Large switching capacity capable of supporting 2,840 Mpps
- Convergence-ready connectivity with Voice-over-IP (VoIP) automatic provisioning
- Flexible connectivity options for multiple applications
- Low power consumption for reduced power and cooling costs
- Universal Port dynamic security profile to provide fine-grained security policies
- Threat detection and response instrumentation to react to network intrusion
- Hardened network infrastructure