Extreme launches second-generation 10GBase-T switch

The more-energy-efficient switch consumes 200W less power during operation than the first-generation model.

December 7, 2009 – Extreme Networks recently began shipping what it dubs as a greener, more energy-efficient version of its Summit X650 10GBase-T switch, a top-of-rack Ethernet switch designed for data center, cloud computing, and hosted environments.

According to Extreme, the Summit X650-24t consumes 200W less power during operation than the company’s first-generation 10GBase-T switch. The switch is complemented with Intel’s lower-power 10GBase-T adapter that provides state-of-the-art interfaces to high-performance servers, Extreme adds.

“Power savings is critical to the data center where space, heat, and bandwidth have to be optimized,” said Harpeet Chadha, senior director of product management for Extreme. “Delivery of the latest generation Summit X650 offers excellent energy efficiency and provides customers with cost-effective 10-GbE options for standard RJ-45 copper interfaces.”

“10GBase-T is the driver for broader adoption of 10GbE because of its simplicity, backward compatibility with 1000Base-T, and low-cost copper cabling,” said Steve Schultz, director of marketing with Intel’s LAN Access Division. “We expect to see 10GBase-T on server motherboards in the not-too-distant future. This is essential because 10GbE is the unified networking fabric for next-generation data centers.”

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