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<p>SYDNEY, October 8, 2009 – Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), has announced that its BlackDiamond® 20808 and Summit® X650 metro core and aggregation switches have passed the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) service conformance tests. MEF service conformance is a crucial capability for providers migrating from 1GE to 10GE architectures to support rapidly increasing bandwidth demand.</p>
<p>As service-oriented test specifications, both MEF 9 and MEF 14 are defined from the subscriber’s point of view as the User Network Interface (UNI), where the subscriber and service provider areas of responsibility meet. MEF 9 compliance tests include service attributes such as multiplexing, bundling and VLAN setup, while MEF 14 defines the test suite for Ethernet traffic management, ensuring quality of service per service class across an Ethernet business service offering.</p>
<p>Independent lab Iometrix, Inc., a leading test firm, performed the rigorous conformance testing and certified that the Extreme Networks’ BlackDiamond 20808 and Summit X650 switching platforms deliver carrier grade services as defined in both MEF specifications.
“MEF certification is clearly important to our service provider customers as the industry moves towards a common understanding for Ethernet service definitions,” said Peter Lunk, senior director of service provider marketing for Extreme Networks. “These additional MEF certifications for our high density 10GE product lines demonstrate our continued commitment to support these customers with innovative, standards-based switching platforms.”</p>
<p>Extreme Networks offers a rich set of Ethernet Transport switching products to accommodate the various deployment sizes and services offered by its provider customers. The superior system capacity of the BlackDiamond 20800 series switches reduces the number of network elements that must be installed and maintained, providing the ability to serve more subscribers with a greater number of services at a much lower cost. The versatile Summit X650 provides remarkable high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet in a compact 1RU form factor. The breadth of the 10GE product line, a scalable architecture, and features that maximize the utilization of network capacity simplify MEF certified next-generation network deployments while enabling graceful expansion to meet future needs.</p>
<p>About The MEF
The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 150 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide. For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at http://www.MetroEthernetForum.org/</p>
<p>About Extreme Networks, Inc.
Extreme Networks provides converged Ethernet networks that support data, voice and video for enterprises and service providers. The company’s network solutions feature high performance and high availability switching that deliver insight and control enabling customers to solve their real-world business communications challenges. Operating in more than 50 countries, Extreme Networks provides wired and wireless secure LANs, data center infrastructure and Service Provider Ethernet transport solutions that are complemented by global, 24x7 service and support. 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 and benefits of ExtremeXOS and Universal Port, BlackDiamond and Summit 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 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>© 2009 Extreme Networks Inc. All rights reserved. Extreme Networks, ExtremeXOS, BlackDiamond and Summit are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.</p>
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