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Citynap, Extreme Networks Create Greener Virtualized Data Center
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March 01, 2010

Citynap, Extreme Networks Create Greener Virtualized Data Center

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor


There are times when businesses need to expand IT infrastructure capacity but lack the budget for shifting to another building or expanding in-house. Colocation, which allows companies place their IT infrastructure in a provider’s address and share its bandwidth as its own, can be a cost-effective solution for the corporations on an expansion spree.

 
Thanks to collaboration between Extreme Networks (News - Alert), a provider of network solutions and CityNAP, a provider of colocation facilities, companies seeking to expand IT infrastructure capacity can now achieve their goals without the exorbitant costs.
 
Extreme Networks, Inc. recently announced that its scalable data center network solutions were going to be used by CityNAP's data center and colocation facilities. A Tier 1 Network Access Point (News - Alert) in Texas, CityNAP is region’s one of the most acclaimed provider of internet peering and a host of data and communication services. It helped number of corporations achieve better business connections and ISPs in the southwestern U.S.A.
 
CityNAP’s client base includes the businesses that require reliable and affordable access for converged video, storage, and Software-as-a-Service. The company serves as a point of convergence for multiple fiber-optic networks of carriers for these businesses.
 
CityNAP’s recent collaboration with Extreme Networks is a part of their aims for enhancing its services with a reliable and power efficient data center network. To accomplish this goal, CityNAP has chosen Extreme Networks Ethernet infrastructure solutions that feature BlackDiamond 20808, BlackDiamond 8800 and Summit X350 aggregation switches. These are used to implement a fully PCI (News - Alert) compliant environment for managed services and other client requirements.
 
CityNAP deploys Extreme Networks BlackDiamond 20808 core routing switch to peer with outward facing Internet routers. The platform delivers the highest capacity of Ethernet switches in the market, featuring 2 Terabit backplane capacity and industry-leading 10 Gigabit Ethernet port density. Extreme Networks BlackDiamond 8800 series switches, equipped with 8900-series modules, and the Summit X350 fixed Gigabit Ethernet switches are configured to support high-speed Layer 2 aggregation within the network.
 
There are many CityNAP clients who might seek to consolidate systems through the use of internal processes and products such as VMware. The newly established CityNAP infrastructure based on Extreme Networks solutions, which is going to be highly scalable, resilient, and virtualized could be used to cater to the needs of these clients.  
 
“Delivering leading performance and reliability for businesses means building a first class data center that can easily leverage virtualization, growing capacity for customers as well as favorable energy efficiency,” Don Douglas, CityNAP president said. “By deploying network solutions from Extreme Networks, CityNAP provides the predictable and flexible network services that our customers expect from a top tier access point provider.”
 
The new CityNAP infrastructure powered by Extreme Networks solutions is designed to offer an upgraded data center network, which will help its clients securely host their data or colocate their own equipment within the facility and connect to their telecommunications carrier of choice. With its green-powered options relying on wind power and integration of state-of-the-art network security and a climate-controlled environment, CityNAP is going to establish a greener virtualized environment with higher capacity.
 
 

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney


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