Extreme introduces industry’s smallest, greenest Wi-Fi 6E access point

Extreme Networks has introduced a number of new solutions designed to challenge the status quo of networking. The AP3000 is the industry’s smallest, most power-efficient Wi-Fi 6E access point (AP) and is designed to meet the needs of budget-conscious customers who want enterprise-grade performance in a small package. Extreme also extended its Universal Switch series with the introduction of the 7520 and 7720 switches, custom-built for enterprise core and aggregation use cases, and 8820 switches, high-density, deep buffer, switch routers designed for large enterprise networks. Extreme’s Universal Platforms enable users to select their OS and change it as necessary, extending the life of the hardware and eliminating network upgrade costs.

The new AP3000 is designed to optimise performance in both high-density and harsh environments, and has just 13.9W of power draw, making it the lowest power consumption Wi-Fi 6E access point in the market. It is available in two form factors, featuring a 2×2:2 dual radio and the option for external antennas with an extended temperature range, making it suitable for environments like freezers and hot climates, high-ceiling manufacturing facilities and warehouses, as well as K-12 and higher education classrooms. The AP3000 works seamlessly with Extreme Fabric, enabling customers to automate onboarding and provisioning and take advantage of hyper-segmentation to boost network security.

Extreme has extended its Universal Switching platform to the core of the network with the new 7520 and 7720 Universal Switches. These feature-rich core and aggregation switches also support Extreme’s Fabric, enabling automated, zero-touch onboarding and auto-sensing of Extreme and third-party devices, as well as improved network security through hyper-segmentation. Ideal for demanding environments within government, healthcare, manufacturing and higher education settings, the 7520 and 7720 switches will be available in a range of multi-rate, multi-Gig form factors.

The 7520 is designed to address 1/10/25Gb server and top of rack deployments within data centers and wiring closet environments. With both 1/10 Gb Copper and 1/10/25 Gb Fiber models, the 7520 allows customers to pick the platform that best addresses specific wiring and data rate requirements. The 7720 lets customers address higher-speed core switching needs with up to 32 x 100 Gb ports and consolidates up to eight different aggregation/core switch lines from previous generations into a single family.

The Extreme 8820 switch extends Universal Platforms to large enterprises and service providers and can be used in the data center as a border leaf or spine switch and provide core aggregation. With native Fabric support, protection for essential service with Trusted Delivery, and the ability to optimize traffic to improve performance, the 8820 enables large enterprises and service providers to reduce costs and increase network speeds, ensuring optimized experiences for end-users.

The 8820 will be available as 40 x 100GB or 80 x 100Gb (QSFP28) configurations, with the ability to split to 4 x 25/10Gb resulting in either 80 x 40Gb, 144 x 25 Gb, 144 x 10 Gb or, with the 8820-40C, to 40 x 40Gb, 72 x 25Gb, 72 x 10 Gb configurations.

Nabil Bukhari, chief technology officer and chief product officer, Extreme Networks said: “Extreme’s Universal Platforms are something no one else in the industry can deliver. Customers can completely avoid hardware lock-in and select their desired use case, giving them more flexibility and saving them time and money when it comes to changes or upgrades. The new hardware introduced at Extreme Connect 2023 is all designed around flexibility, security and customer choice, enabling our customers to create a network that can easily support and scale to fit their evolving needs and provide the best experiences for their users.”

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