Designed for large, virtualized data centers and clouds, the Extreme Networks BlackDiamond X8 switch provides high density 10GbE and 40GbE. Furthermore, the BlackDiamond X8 was built with green operations in mind, resulting in low per port power consumption, which when combined with high density, can result in a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
With massive scalability, the BlackDiamond X8 offers 2.56 Tbps per slot capacity and more than 20 Tbps total switching capacity with 768 ports of line rate 10GbE or 192 ports of line rate 40GbE in a single chassis. The BlackDiamond X8 provides a standards-based "fabric in a box" which can eliminate expensive multiple-box and multi-tier solutions - along with their inter-device connectivity, uplink bandwidth and latency challenges. The BlackDiamond X8 has the ability to automatically track and report 128,000 virtual machines (VMs) and automatically migrates Virtual Port Profiles (VPPs) in a touch-less manner through with XNV (ExtremeXOS Network Virtualization). Automated configuration and provisioning further contribute to simplicity of deployment and operation.
Designed from the ground up with the density, performance and capacity requirements of "cloud scale" data centers in mind, the BlackDiamond X8 provides 20.48 Tbps total switching capacity, supporting up to 2,304 10GbE ports or up to 576 40GbE ports at wire-speed in a single seven-foot rack helping increase utilization of limited and expensive rack space. The BlackDiamond X8 fabric design uses an orthogonal direct mating system between interface and switch fabric modules, eliminating the performance bottleneck of backplane or midplane design.
For larger scale low-latency deployments, the non-blocking 192 ports of 40GbE with cut-through switching can provide cost-effective means for a high-speed, open, "fabric in a box" when deployed as an end-of-row/middle-of-row solution.
The BlackDiamond X8, powered by the ExtremeXOS modular operating system, helps provide the foundation for virtualized applications. The BlackDiamond X8 switch includes virtualization features and scalability, supporting 128,000 Virtual Machines (VMs) per system or 384,000 VMs per rack by connecting up to 768 physical servers per system or 2,304 servers per rack through 10GbE.
Reliable Delivery of converged storage traffic
The BlackDiamond X8 supports Data Center Bridging (DCB) for reliable storage traffic. With IEEE complaint implementation of Priority Flow Control (PFC) and Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS), storage traffic can be prioritized, queued separately and bandwidth guaranteed. This can provide a highly reliable and yet flexible and cost-effective network to provision storage services.
The BlackDiamond X8 prevents single points of failure in hardware components through isolated control and data planes, fully redundant 1+1 management modules, N+1 redundancy for the switching fabric, and N+1 redundancy at the fan level combined with dynamic temperature control. For the power system, BlackDiamond X8 offers N+1 redundancy for power supply failure, and simultaneously supports N+N for power source redundancy.
Lower operating costsProduct Highlights
The BlackDiamond X8 is designed to be efficient, with power consumption as low as 5.6 watts per 10GbE and 22.5 watts per 40GbE port. Front-to-back cooling helps data center network operators optimize the cooling environment. Fan speed is dynamically controlled and is set no higher than required. This allows efficient use of the cool air from the cold aisle and produces lower heat in the hot aisle.
- High density 40GbE and 10GbE switch for enterprise core and cloud-based data centers
- Converged Ethernet fabric with full Data Center Bridging (DCB) support
- 192 wire speed 40GbE or 768 10GbE ports in one third of a rack, 576 40GbE or 2,304 10GbE ports per seven-foot rack
- More than 20 Tbps switching capacity with bidirectional 1.28 Tbps switching bandwidth per slot with N+1 lossless switching fabric design
- 5.6 watts per 10 Gigabit Ethernet port
- 128,000 Virtual Machines (VMs) using standards-based VEPA mode