Extreme Networks and Voltaire have announced new Ethernet gear designed to support data center virtual machines. This Computer World report also says the new gear will provide a bridge to legacy environments such as Infiniband.
“The move by these two smaller players come as larger combatants like Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, HP and IBM continue to stock their arsenals and line up allies for what is certain to be a long battle for control of enterprise and service provider data centers. Later this quarter, Cisco is expected to roll out 10G data center and virtualization tools, and perhaps this week discuss enhanced partnerships at its Networkers conference in Barcelona.
“And new Ethernet standards are being defined to help manage the growing number of switched VMs. That’s an area where Extreme is targeting its new products — modules for its BlackDiamond 8900 core switch and a new Summit X480 stackable edge switch. Both support large MAC and IP address tables corresponding to the growth of data center VMs.”