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Extreme Networks announces core, edge and wireless solutions enabling ‘perfect balance’ of networks

  • 23 April, 2008 11:52

<p>MELBOURNE, April 22, 2008 – Enterprises that seek the perfect balance of purchase and installation costs, operational overhead, and powerful support for tough network challenges like convergence, mobility, and security can benefit from a broad range of new, innovative network solutions for edge, aggregation, core, and wireless applications announced by Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR).</p>
<p>Extreme Networks’ new offerings expand options for consistent edge connectivity, protect existing investments in Extreme Networks’ modular switches, and lowers installation costs for enterprise-grade wireless LANs. In a separate announcement, the company detailed plans for ‘Widget Central,’ a new web resource for company and community-sponsored network extensions, and a new Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) for partners who seek to integrate their solutions with the network for better performance, security and scale. These new products and initiatives provide enterprises with the tools to acquire, operate, and enhance their networks cost effectively.</p>
<p>“Striving for the perfect balance between costs and capabilities is the highest art of the network professional. Without the right solutions, achieving that balance can be a tremendous challenge,” said Scott Lucas, senior director of solutions marketing for Extreme Networks. “With Extreme Networks sensibly-priced, intelligent product portfolio, our customers enjoy consistent support for tough security and convergence requirements with the simplicity of a single operating system release running from the edge to the core.”</p>
<p>Today’s announcement includes the Summit® X350 Series, extending the highly successful Summit fixed-configuration switch portfolio with value-priced gigabit connectivity. The new BlackDiamond® 8800 “c” series interface and controller modules deliver backwards-compatible support for larger networks and provide options to upgrade to power over Ethernet in the field. Enterprises building wireless LAN solutions will benefit from new Altitude wireless LAN access points for 802.11n and outdoor connectivity and the new Summit WM20 controller for small sites and branch offices.</p>
<p>New Summit X350 Series Switches
With the Summit X350 Series of fixed configuration gigabit switches, Extreme Networks extends the powerful and versatile Summit fixed-configuration switch family. Available in 24 and 48 port models, these switches utilize the ExtremeXOS® operating system with advanced Layer 2 switching functionality and powerful edge security capabilities. The Summit X350 provides affordable high speed desktop connectivity. The Summit X350 Series runs the same software image as all other ExtremeXOS-based Summit edge switches to deliver an unprecedented level of portfolio-wide uniformity and operational simplicity. As a result, customers benefit from the ability to optimize acquisition costs without creating operational complexities or inconsistent network designs.</p>
<p>The BlackDiamond 8800 “c” Series Modules
Extreme Networks has enhanced its award winning BlackDiamond 8800 modular family with new “c” series interface and management blades. These blades, which are backwards compatible with older versions of the BlackDiamond 8800 family, deliver scalability and density for gigabit and 10 gigabit ports and field-upgradable power over Ethernet support without compromising the product family’s low power consumption leadership. For flexible integrated securitycapability, the CLEAR-Flow rules engine, previously available only on Extreme Networks high-end core products, is now supported on the BlackDiamond 8800 family. With CLEAR-Flow and the pre-defined security rules now available on Widget Central, the BlackDiamond 8800 family combines ready-to-use, integrated intrusion detection with a modifiable rules-based security capability that is ready to meet future demands. These critical enhancements benefit customers by extending the service life of the switch, delivering exceptional features and great performance, and lowering operational expenses with integrated security capabilities and the operational simplicity of a single operating system release across the network.</p>
<p>Summit WM20 and Access Points
Extreme Networks has also expanded its wireless LAN product family with products for higher speeds, outdoor coverage, and economical small site support. A new set of Access Points, supporting the high speed 802.11n standard, can be installed using standard power over Ethernet delivered on a single cable. New outdoor AP’s, operating at an extended
-40 to +70°C temperature range, can also be installed using a single cable. For smaller sites, the new Summit WM20 wireless LAN controller supports even challenging voice over wireless applications at an affordable price. Enterprises with complex, multi-application wireless connectivity challenges benefit from flexible traffic management capabilities that can facilitate better security and more effective bandwidth management in demanding 802.11n environments. These powerful new products help lower installation costs and improve the economics of outdoor and small site installations.</p>
<p>ExtremeXOS 12.1
With the latest release of ExtremeXOS, expanded automation capabilities facilitate easier, more economical network operations. For over a year, ExtremeXOS has included the innovative Universal Port capability for event-driven switch automation, which can be used to dynamically configure edge ports when devices connect or to conserve power and enhance security with planned power over Ethernet outages. Now, with ExtremeXOS 12.1, any event appearing in the switch’s log file can be used to trigger an automated process. As a result, customers will benefit from an extremely versatile approach to network automation to improve operational efficiencies.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability:
• The Summit X350 Series Gigabit switches in 24 and 48 port models are available now with a beginning US list price of US$1,795 for the 24 port model, and US$2,995 for 48 port model.
• The BlackDiamond “c” series modules are available now with interface modules starting at US$5,995
• The Summit WM20 Wireless LAN controller is available now starting at US$5,895. Access Points for 802.11n connectivity are available now for US$1,299. Outdoor access points will be available in July 2008 at US$2,499.</p>
<p>Extreme Networks, Inc.
Extreme Networks designs, builds and installs Ethernet infrastructure solutions that solve the toughest business communications challenges. The Company’s commitment to open networking sets it apart from the alternatives by delivering meaningful insight and unprecedented control to applications and services. Extreme Networks believes openness is the best foundation for growth, freedom, flexibility and choice. Extreme Networks focuses on enterprises and service providers who demand high performance, converged networks that support voice, video and data over a wired and wireless infrastructure. For more information, visit: http://www.extremenetworks.com.</p>
<p>Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including without limitation statements as to features, performance, and benefits of the products and services 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 and actual results of use of the product in different environments. 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 (http://www.sec.gov).</p>
<p>Extreme Networks, Summit, Summit WM, BlackDiamond, and ExtremeXOS are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.</p>
<p>For more information, contact:
Aaron Condon, Extreme Networks
+612-9657 1348 or +61 (0) 410 537 006
acondon@extremenetworks.com</p>

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