Extreme Gets Small
Extreme's new BlackDiamond 12802R was announced today, coinciding with Light Reading's Ethernet Expo in London. (See Extreme Adds to BlackDiamond.)
The box targets low-cost deployments, an area Extreme doesn't think has been tapped well enough by gear vendors. Peter Lunk, director of service provider marketing for Extreme, notes the experience of one carrier building out Ethernet services to multi-tenant buildings around a metropolitan area. "They ran into some problems as they got into the lower density parts of the city," Lunk says.
The 12802R is a fixed-configuration box that's three rack units high and has two card slots, each intended for up to 20 Gigabit Ethernet ports or two 10-Gbit/s Ethernet ports.
The idea is go to up against the Alcatel ESS-1 and Cisco ME 6524. Extreme says the 12802R is cheaper than the ESS-1, at $30,000 versus $60,000. And while it's priced on a par with Cisco's ME 6524, Extreme says it's got a more carrier-grade box, although the ME series was released for carrier Ethernet deployments specifically. (See Cisco Arms for IPTV Battle.)
Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent could not immediately be reached for comment.
Extreme is still a small fish in carrier Ethernet, claiming about 2 percent of that market, according to Heavy Reading analyst Stan Hubbard. Still, the company "has gained some good booking and revenue traction with its flagship BD12K, especially in overseas markets," Hubbard writes in an email from London.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading
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