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|Lippis Test Results Show Extreme Networks as the Fastest Switch Vendor for Cloud and Mobile Network Markets|
|Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 03:57:56 PM|
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today announced the results of independent performance tests by Lippis Reports for its cloud switch.
The BlackDiamond X8 switch, part of Extreme Networks Open Fabric, tested 3-10X faster than any core Ethernet switch in its form factor, and had the lowest latency and best power efficiency per port -- critical attributes in carrier and enterprise data centers, Cloud-based storage and HPCC -- according to independent tests run by Ixia at its iSimCity™ labs.
"The BlackDiamond X8 shattered all performance records with superior bandwidth, lossless performance and extremely low latency, making it the best-in-class choice for high-performance networks," said Nick Lippis, principal analyst for The Lippis Report. "I commend Extreme Networks for designing such a remarkable product."
The BlackDiamond X8 Open Fabric switch offers the highest 10GbE and 40GbE port density to seamlessly support up to 768 wire-speed 10GbE connected servers in 1/3 of a 42 RU rack or 2,304 servers in a rack. It offers the capacity to send the entire contents of the Apple App Store in about 2 seconds (Based on 500,000 active apps x 5.0 megabytes = 2.3 terabytes).
BlackDiamond X8 Test Highlights:
Extreme Networks BlackDiamond X8 was tested across all 256 ports of 10GbE and 24 ports of 40GbE. Its latency was the best tested yet of competing core switches, with cut-through latency ranging impressively from a low average of 2.32 microseconds for 64 byte frames, to a high average of 12.755 microseconds at 9216 byte frames for Layer 2 network traffic.
The BlackDiamond X8 tested with the best energy efficiency per port (Watts/10GbE port) and highest TEER (Telecommunications Energy Efficiency Ratio) value observed for core switches. Its WattsATIS/port is 8.1 and TEER value is 117. While these results are the lowest Watts/10GbE port and highest TEER values observed for core switches, the BlackDiamond X8's actual Watts/10GbE port is even lower. The Lippis Report estimates approximately 5 Watts/10GbE port when fully populated with 768 10GbE or 192 40GbE ports. During the Lippis/Ixia test, the BlackDiamond X8 was only populated to a third of its port capacity yet was equipped with power supplies, fans, and management and switch fabric modules for full port density population. All other core switches tested by Lippis/Ixia ranged from 11 to 17.5 WattsATIS/port.
Lossless Throughput of 10 and 40GbE
As part of the Lippis/Ixia testing, the BlackDiamond X8 switch featuring an Ethernet-based fabric for the cloud, demonstrated 100% throughput as a percentage of line rate across 256-10GbE and 24-40GbE ports. Not a single packet was dropped while the BlackDiamond X8 switch was presented with enough traffic to populate its 256-10GbE and 24-40GbE ports at line rate simultaneously for L2/L3 traffic flows; a first in these Lippis/Ixia tests. The BlackDiamond X8 also demonstrated 100% of aggregated forwarding rate as percentage of line rate during congestion conditions. A single 10GbE port was flooded at 150% of line rate. The BlackDiamond X8 also demonstrated 100% aggregated throughput for IP multicast traffic with latencies ranging from a 2.87 microseconds at 64 byte packet to 11.5 microseconds at 9216 byte packets.
The BlackDiamond X8 is expected to start shipping in the first calendar quarter of 2012.