Extreme Networks has launched the latest version of the operating system for its switches, ExtremeWare XOS Version 11.0.
The upgrade is more scalable than the existing Version 10.1, and supports open application programming interfaces and XML-based data, as well as virtualised switching and routing.
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The latest release also runs on PC-based softswitches from Extreme and other supplier, and offers improved protection against denial-of-service attacks.
Sun Microsystems plans to install Extreme's BlackDiamond 10K core network switches with the latest operating system release in its datacentre, which runs load and performance tests involving thousands of Sun servers.
Version 11.0 is resilient enough to give technicians the ability to reload software test modules without any system downtime, said Dean Nelson, a test lab manager at Sun.
"We're an Extreme and Cisco house, but what I needed with the new Extreme OS was scalability and expandability and performance."
ExtremeWare 11.0 will allow also for a flexible operating system which will let development partners easily build applications in areas such as voice over IP and intrusion detection.
The Extreme switches with the BlackDiamond 10K series is priced at $100,900 and due for release later in the year.
Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld