Extreme Networks BlackDiamond 8810 "Green

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TOLLY
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No. 208284
March 2008
Extreme Networks Inc.
Test
Summary
BlackDiamond 8810 Core Switch
“Green” Evaluation of Energy Consumption vs.
Cisco Catalyst 6509 and Foundry BigIron RX-16
xtreme Networks, Inc. commissioned The Tolly Group to
evaluate the power consumption
of its BlackDiamond 8810 series
switch versus the power consumption
of the comparable core switches from
Cisco Systems, Inc. and Foundry
Networks, Inc.
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Tolly Group engineers measured the
total watts consumed by the BlackDiamond 8810 switch, a Cisco Catalyst 6509 and a Foundry BigIron RX16. Power consumption measurements
were taken across more than a dozen
traffic load scenarios, ranging from no
load on the switch to a heavily taxed
load of eight 10GbE ports and 96
Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports.
Tests were conducted in January 2008.
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Test Highlights
Uses 3.3X to 1.7X less power than Cisco and Foundry switches
when all line card modules and cables were connected
Uses 535 Watts of power, or from 3.5X to 2.3X less than the
Cisco and Foundry devices when maximum Layer 2 bidirectional traffic was introduced across eight 10 GbE ports plus 48
GbE ports
Exhibits the “greenest” or most energy efficient chassis switch
tested using from 3.4X to 2X less power than the Cisco and
Foundry devices tested on average across all test scenarios
Average Power Consumption (Watts) of Extreme Networks
BlackDiamond 8810 vs. Cisco and Foundry Switches
Across Various Test Scenarios
(Lower bars are better)
1,800
Average power consumption
(Watts)
Premise: High performance and a
broad list of features/functionality
are not enough today to make network switches appealing to buyers.
Core and Data Center switches must
exhibit low power consumption,
since power saved over rival offerings translates into a lower total
cost of ownership profile. In addition, these devices are preferred over
other rival offerings that are less
“energy conscious.”
1,600
1,400
1,200
1,000
800
600
400
BlackDiamond
uses 3.4X less
power, on average, than Catalyst 6500, and 2X
less power than
BigIron RX16
1,665
973
490
200
0
Extreme
BlackDiamond
8810
Source: The Tolly Group, January 2008
Cisco
Catalyst
6509
Foundry
BigIron
RX-16
Figure 1
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Extreme Networks
BlackDiamond 8810
Executive
Summary
The Extreme Networks
BlackDiamond 8810 consistently demonstrates
more efficient power
consumption than the
Cisco and Foundry
switches tested, both of
which use from 2X to
3.5X more power.
The emphasis in today’s networks is on managing costs.
With the ever escalating costs
of energy, network personnel
want “green” switches —
devices that are frugal in the
energy they consume.
10GbE and GbE traffic flowing
across the BlackDiamond 8810 chassis switch, there is very little increase
in the power consumed. In fact, the
BlackDiamond switch used just 6%
more power to support line-rate
Layer 2 bidirectional traffic flowing
over eight 10GbE ports and 96 GbE
ports compared to the power used
when there was no traffic but all
cables were connected to the switch.
drawing power and no traffic transiting the device.
The BlackDiamond 8810 used 219
Watts versus 452 Watts for the Foundry BigIron RX-16 and 617 Watts for
the Cisco Catalyst 6509. In essence,
the Foundry and the Cisco devices
used 2X and 2.8X more power,
respectively, than the Extreme
BlackDiamond 8810 in the base
system configuration without traffic.
Finally, the reduced power usage of
the BlackDiamond 8810 directly
translates into lower cooling usage.
The dual benefits of lower power
consumption and reduced cooling
requirements translate into lower
cost of ownership.
Next, engineers measured the power
consumption with two 10GbE and
two GbE line cards, and all cables
plugged in, but no traffic passed.
Results
Power Consumption
without traffic
These tests show that the
Extreme Networks BlackDiamond 8810 uses significantly
less energy than chassis-based
switches from Cisco Systems
and Foundry Networks. Both
rival products use anywhere
from 2X to 3.5X more Watts
to power their devices and
support traffic flowing across
the switch in a number of
scenarios tested.
Every network manager faces the
question of how much power a
switch in a data center will consume
on a daily basis. In today’s environmentally conscious world, prolonged
power consumption refers to how
“green,” or efficient the device is
with regard to power consumption.
Tolly Group engineers measured just
that with the switches tested.
To begin, engineers tested the power
consumption of the switch chassis
(with management and switch fabric
modules installed), with no line cards
What is also significant to
note is that with line-rate
Here, the BlackDiamond 8810 used
511 Watts, versus 858 Watts for the
BigIron RX-16 and 1,708 Watts for
the Catalyst 6509. Again, the competitive devices tested used from
1.7X to 3.3X more power than the
BlackDiamond switch.
Power Draw when
Supporting 10GbE
traffic
Tolly Group engineers drove linerate bidirectional Layer 2 traffic
across four 10GbE ports and measured the power consumed.
The BlackDiamond 8810 used 509
Watts, while the BigIron RX-16 used
twice as much power, at 1,053 Watts,
while the Catalyst 6509 used more
Power consumption (Watts)
Power Consumption of Extreme BlackDiamond 8810 vs. Cisco Catalyst 6509
Across Various Traffic Load Scenarios
2,500
2,000
1,876
1,822
1,811
1,708
1,500
1,917
1,808
1,760
1,000
500
0
617
219
No traffic: All Line
Cards unplugged
511
No traffic with all
cables plugged in
509
4x10GbE-1mod
516
8x10GbE-2mod
Extreme
BlackDiamond 8810
535
8x10GbE-48xGbE
518
529
48xGbE-1mod
96xGbE-2mod
541
8x10GbE-96xGbE
Cisco Catalyst 6509
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Figure 2
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BlackDiamond 8810
than 3X the power, consuming
1,811 Watts. (See Figures 2
and 3.)
Next, Tolly Group engineers
increased the number of
10GbE ports to eight ports
across two modules — meaning traffic had to flow across
the switch backplane.
The BlackDiamond 8810 used
516 Watts, or half as much
power as the 1,096 Watts used
by the Foundry switch, while
the Catalyst 6509 used 3.5X
more power than the BlackDiamond 8810 — 1,822 Watts
versus 516 for Extreme.
Power Draw
when Supporting
GbE traffic
Tolly Group engineers drove
line-rate bidirectional Layer 2
traffic for 48 GbE ports across
two modules and measured
the Watts used.
The BlackDiamond 8810 used
519 Watts versus 1,083 Watts
for the Foundry switch and
1,768 Watts for the Cisco
switch. That means the rival
products used from 2X to
3.4X more power to drive the
same traffic loads. (See Figures 2 and 3.)
Engineers next tested the
BlackDiamond 8810 and the
Cisco Catalyst 6509 with 96 GbE
ports across two modules. Here the
BlackDiamond used 529 Watts versus 1,808 Watts for the Cisco switch.
Again, the Cisco device consumed
3.4X more power than the Extreme
BlackDiamond. (Engineers did not
test the Foundry switch with 96 ports
since the necessary configuration
was unavailable at test time.)
Extreme
Networks,
Inc.
BlackDiamond
8810
Power Consumption
Power Draw when
Supporting Mixed GbE
and 10GbE traffic
12.2(18)SXD3) and a Foundry Networks BigIron RX-16 (Ver.
2.2.0aT143).
Engineers measured the power draw
when supporting line-rate bidirectional traffic across eight 10GbE
ports and 48 GbE ports.
The BlackDiamond 8810 was
configured with two MSM-48c
management/switch fabric modules,
two 10G4Xc line card modules (four
10GbE ports per module) and two
G48Tc line- card modules (48 GbE
ports per module) with one BD
700W/12000W AC power supply.
Here the BlackDiamond 8810 used
535 Watts, versus 1,223 Watts for the
Foundry BigIron RX-16 and 1,876
Watts for the Cisco Catalyst 6509.
Again, the Foundry and Cisco devices used 2.3X and 3.5X more
power than the Extreme switch.
The Catalyst 6509 was configured
with two WS-SUP720-BASE
management/switch fabric modules,
two WS-X6704-10GE line card
modules (four 10GbE ports per
module), two WS-X6748-GE-TX
with WS-F6K-DFC line card modules (48 GbE ports per module) and
one 1300/2500 Watt power supply.
The BigIron RX16 was configured
with two RX-BI-MR management
modules, four RX-BI-SFM3 switch
fabric modules, two BI-4XG line
card modules (four 10GbE ports per
module), two BI-BI-24C line card
modules (24 GbE ports per module)
When supporting line-rate traffic
across eight 10GbE ports and 96
GbE ports, the BlackDiamond used
541 watts versus 1,917 Watts for the
Cisco Catalyst tested, meaning the
Cisco switch used 3.5X more power.
Test Setup &
Methodology
The Tolly Group tested an Extreme
BlackDiamond 8810 (Ver. 12.1.0.43)
against a Cisco Catalyst 6509 (Ver.
Power consumption (Watts)
Power Consumption of Extreme BlackDiamond 8810 vs. Foundry BigIron RX-16
Across Various Traffic Load Scenarios
1,400
1,200
1,000
800
600
200
219
452
511
1,096
1,053
858
400
509
516
509
1,223
1,083
1,050
519
535
0
No traffic: All Line No traffic with all
Cards unplugged cables plugged in
4x10GbE-1mod
Extreme
BlackDiamond 8810
8x10GbE-2mod
24xGbE-1mod
48xGbE-2mod
8x10GbE-48xGbE
Foundry BigIron RX-16
Source: The Tolly Group, January 2008
Figure 3
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and two RX-ACPWR-F-SYS
power supplies.
Engineers used a FLUKE 87
III and 110 multi-meter to
measure current and voltage
between the power source and
devices under test (DUTs).
Voltage and current were
measured twice to obtain an
accurate result and the results
were averaged to determine
the power consumed in Watts.
For each vendor, engineers
started by calculating the
power where only the management and switch fabric
modules were connected to
the chassis. Then engineers
measured the power of all the
line card modules and the
cables connected without any
traffic.
BlackDiamond 8810
6.3 to generate bidirectional Layer 2
traffic to the DUTs in a full-mesh
configuration within the same connection type. While the traffic flowing at the line rate, engineers measured the power values at various scenarios: four 10GbE ports of one
module, eight 10GbE ports of two
modules, 24 GbE ports of one module, 48 GbE ports of two modules,
eight 10GbE plus 48 GbE ports of
four modules, 48 GbE ports of one
module, 96 GbE ports of two modules and eight 10GbE plus 96 GbE
ports of four modules.
The Tolly
Group is a
leading global
provider of
third-party validation services
for vendors of IT products,
components and services.
The company is based in
Boca Raton, FL and can be
reached by phone at (561)
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Engineers used Ixia Optixia
XL10 with IxAutomate Ver
Test Equipment Summary
Vendor
Product
Web URL:
Fluke Corp.
Fluke 87 III Digital Multimeter
http://www.us.fluke.com
IXIA Communications
Optixia XL10, IxAutomate Ver. 6.30
http://www.ixiacom.com
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