Extreme Networks Advances Direct-Attach Data Center Architecture
Direct Attach reduces network switching tiers by eliminating the virtual switch tier to simplify virtualized network management.
A press release on MarketWatch.com announced that Extreme Networks will introduce a data center solution that supports VMware virtualization environments with the help of partner Exar. The solution will be comprised of the Summit(R) X650 by Extreme Networks and the X3100 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Card by Exar. The solution will help simplify management, reduce the total cost of ownership, and preserve investments that are made in data center equipment.
"The joint data center solution for VMware features Exar's X3100 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Card (10GbE NIC) and Extreme Networks' Summit(R) X650. The joint solution expands on Extreme Networks introduction of Direct Attach with its data center product portfolio at Las Vegas Interop. The Direct Attach data center architecture, a Best of Interop finalist, features Extreme Networks' implementation of virtual machine switching performed in the network rather than in servers. With this innovative approach, Direct Attach reduces network switching tiers by eliminating the virtual switch tier, and thus reduces cost, end-to-end latency, and security issues in the virtualized network while simplifying management."