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Extreme Networks debuts edge-to-core Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) solution

  • 11 March, 2008 10:59

<p>MELBOURNE: March 11, 2008 – For service providers in need of cost-effective, carrier-grade Ethernet transport with deterministic network performance, Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today announced the general availability of its complete Provider Backbone Bridging – Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE) solution that spans from the edge of the network through the metro core.</p>
<p>The solution is comprised of new software and hardware, as well as a strategic relationship with control plane partner Soapstone Networks to address the needs of this growing market.</p>
<p>"We found four of ten service providers either trialing or planning trials for PBT in 2006,” said Tom Nolle, President, CIMI Corporation.</p>
<p>“By January 2007, that went to six of ten, and in May to eight of ten. By the end of 2007, it was ten of ten. Extreme Networks ® PBB-TE solution positions them well to take advantage of this dramatic shift in carrier mindset."</p>
<p>“Our new PBB-TE solution provides the key building blocks that allow service providers to choose a path towards an economical network infrastructure that is both deterministic and simple to deploy” said Peter Lunk, Director of Service Provider Marketing for Extreme Networks. “After listening to our customers’ needs, we developed a PBB-TE solution that addresses the metro market from edge to core.”</p>
<p>PBT-TE Solution Components</p>
<p>The benefits of PBB-TE include lower CAPEX and OPEX, carrier class resiliency, simplified provisioning and troubleshooting with deterministic network performance and a familiar operating model. In order to take advantage of these benefits a PBB-TE solution needs to fit the typical service provider deployment model, which requires software to support interconnection to the MPLS core, PBB-TE capable hardware from the edge to the core and a management and provisioning system to enable automated service creation.</p>
<p>• Software: The Extreme Networks software component which enables service providers to take advantage of the determinism and simplicity of PBB-TE while protecting the investment they have made in their existing MPLS core is found in ExtremeXOS® 12.1. This software supports PBB-TE functionality as well as a PBB-TE to VPLS gateway capability that allows the inter-connection of PBB-TE tunnels to a VPLS core network.</p>
<p>• Hardware: Extreme Networks hardware release is comprised of two new modules for the BlackDiamond® 12800 series switches, one focused on the core and the other on the edge. For the core, a new management module, the MSM-6R, provides enhanced scalability for the VPLS network inter-connections, while at the edge the new XM-2HR interface module reduces costs by combining a 10GE port and 10 GE ports onto a single board, bringing the benefits of PBB-TE to a platform suitable for the network edge.</p>
<p>• Control Plane: The third piece of the solution is a strategic relationship with Soapstone Networks to provide external control plane software. Soapstone has completed integration of the new ExtremeXOS 12.1 release supporting PBB-TE in their Provider Network Controller (PNC) software package. This package helps automate the entire service lifecycle by providing state of the art provisioning, monitoring, optimization, and planning software for PBB-TE networks. Combined with Extreme Networks new software and hardware, the control plane component completes the solution.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>The BlackDiamond 12804R switch with the ExtremeXOS release 12.1 supporting both PBB-TE and the PBB-TE to VPLS gateway functionality is available now. Including the new MSM-6R, pricing for a complete system starts at US $80,000 List Price. The BlackDiamond 12802R PBB-TE edge switch is also available now with list pricing that starts at US $30,000 for a system including chassis, power supplies, fans, ten ports of gigabit Ethernet, and one 10 gigabit Ethernet port.</p>
<p>For more information on Extreme Networks carrier grade Ethernet solutions, please, visit:</p>
<p>Extreme Networks, Inc.</p>
<p>Extreme Networks designs, builds, and installs Ethernet infrastructure solutions that solve the toughest business communications challenges. Our commitment to open networking sets us apart from the alternatives by delivering meaningful insight and unprecedented control to applications and services. We believe openness is the best foundation for growth, freedom, flexibility, and choice. We focus on enterprises and service providers who demand high performance, converged networks that support voice, video and data, over a wired and wireless infrastructure.
<p>Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including without limitation the performance and functionality of the products are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date. Because such statements deal with future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties, including network design, actual product performance, and use of the products in different environments and configurations. We undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information in this release. Other important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are contained in the Company's 10-Qs and 10-Ks which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (</p>
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<p>Extreme Networks, ExtremeXOS and BlackDiamond are registered trademark of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.</p>
<p>For more information, please contact
Extreme Networks
Andrew McBride, ANZ Manager
+61.3. 9694 4494 or 0434 520 677</p>

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