ExtremeSwitching Overview

ExtremeSwitching is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top AV Over IP Switching tools. It is most often compared to Cisco Catalyst Switches: ExtremeSwitching vs Cisco Catalyst Switches

What is ExtremeSwitching?
ExtremeSwitching is the family of products comprising different switch types: Modular (X8 and 8000 series [formerly BlackDiamond] and S and K series switches); Stackable (X-series and A, B, C, and 7100 series switches); Standalone (SSA, X430, and D, 200, 800, and ISW series); and Mobile Backhaul (E4G). ExtremeSwitching work from Edge Switching that ensures the performance and reliable operation of end-user devices and applications including port density, bandwidth, and network services to Aggregation / Core Switches is designed for the demanding needs of aggregation, top-of-rack and campus core environments, these switches deliver 10Gb, 40Gb and even 100Gb bandwidth with maximum throughput and reliability.
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What users are saying about ExtremeSwitching pricing:
  • "On pricing, ExtremeSwitches are going to beat most of the major competition."

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Network Engineer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
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Top 5
Sep 12, 2020
The unique ring topology protocol and pricing makes this a unique solution worthy of consideration

What is our primary use case?

I have been a network engineer since the mid-nineties. The company I am in now has19 buildings and 50 plus switches, all Extreme. We use lots of gen one and gen twos — either the X460s or X690s — using the SummitStack. That is our standard variant of the Extreme Networks. We do have a couple of old 460s and a couple of old 480s, but we use the SummitStack for those versions instead of the Black Diamond.

Pros and Cons

  • "The unique ring topology is actually a handy innovation."
  • "The price is low compared to the competition."
  • "The training and resources for learning are lacking."

What other advice do I have?

Advice that I would give to people considering switches is that I think Extreme products are pretty feature-rich and they are definitely worth considering alongside the competition. They just have to be aware they are not going to be working like they would with Cisco, which means fewer resources and potentially fewer candidates to work with the solution as engineers. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate ExtremeSwitching as an eight-out-of-ten.
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