Extreme Networks has unveiled their Extreme 9000 series, featuring the Extreme 9920 intelligent network visibility platform. The Extreme 9920 is designed to provide highly scalable traffic aggregation, packet filtering, replication, and advanced network packet processing for analytics tools in distributed network environments using cloud-native design concepts and a composable data pipeline.
This cloud-native network visibility platform would provide precise data insights as well as the flexibility to adapt to future network advancements, allowing service providers to respond swiftly to new customer needs and 5G use cases.
According to Extreme Networks, most existing network visibility solutions cannot be easily converted for future use cases like autonomous vehicles or industrial IoT since 5G is the first generation of cellular technology built on cloud-native principles. Because many 5G use cases are still being defined, service providers would require a modular solution that can provide visibility into highly distributed settings and be changed for specific reasons as they arise without requiring costly and time-consuming infrastructure modifications.
“5G is a powerful technology that demands equally powerful management tools,” said Camille Mendler, Chief Analyst, Enterprise Services, Omdia. “To get the best out of their 5G investment, enterprises and service providers must have total network visibility for deeper data insights and control. A flexible and customizable network visibility platform like Extreme’s can adapt and scale for the real-time performance needs of emerging 5G use cases and scenarios.”
The Extreme 9920 is built on Intel’s Tofino 2 programmable ASIC, which provides a “massively” scalable architecture that would connect “seamlessly” with existing service provider environments and can swiftly adapt to new use cases. In June 2021, the Extreme 9920 will be widely available.
Kubernetes-Based Clustered Architecture
“With this new intelligent network visibility solution, Extreme is reducing complexity and minimizing opportunities for error by enabling service providers to more easily adapt and scale for new use cases without predefining every specific scenario,” said Nabil Bukhari, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer, Extreme Networks. “Our years of expertise in building highly scalable, composable visibility solutions make Extreme uniquely positioned to provide the visibility service providers need to prepare for a future that is distributed, dynamic, and data-driven.”
Key features of the Extreme 9920 intelligent network visibility platform include:
- Flexible, scalable network visibility – With greater power efficiency and a smaller physical footprint, the 9000 series would be ideally suited for service provider and large enterprise deployments. The 9920’s composable packet broker service delivers a hierarchical packet management architecture, enabling customers to adapt for diverse and developing mobile edge use cases and giving them the ability to scale for environments including large data centers and cloud architectures.
- Designed for cloud-native composability – This network visibility platform leverages a microservices-based composable operating system. The containerized, Kubernetes-based clustered architecture can also be patched without service interruption, maintaining network reliability, and reducing operational risk.
- Management based on microservices API-first design principles – The ‘Extreme Visibility Manager’ has an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) to establish new rule sets and commands for all of Extreme’s visibility devices. It provides full visibility into every aspect of the network, from a highly geographically dispersed environment with regions and zones to the services running on the system. Customers can “easily” integrate the solution with existing operational support systems without replacing expensive infrastructure.