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Extreme Networks Announces Innovative Two-Tier Architecture For Voice-Class Enterprise Networks

  • 11 January, 2005 10:10

<p>Extreme Networks Launches Aspen 8810 Switch – Brings 99.999% Uptime To End-Users</p>
<p>SYDNEY, January 11, 2005 – Demonstrating its ability to deliver innovative solutions for networking, Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), is once again redefining the Enterprise network with its new two-tier architecture and high-performance Aspen switching solution, which for the first time delivers true voice-class availability at the edge of the network.</p>
<p>Extreme Networks’ two-tier architecture enables enterprises to build an Open Converged Network that can easily accommodate new applications, such as voice, while achieving 5 9s (99.999%) availability and better levels of security in a simple design.</p>
<p>“Traditional 3 tier network designs are expensive, and short sighted from a security point of view. Our two-tier network architecture puts security and high availability features where they are needed – at the point where the end-user connects to the network.” said Charles Cote, Sales Director Australia for Extreme Networks.</p>
<p>As IP Telephony, wireless connectivity and other new applications become more widespread in the Enterprise, IT organizations must re-evaluate network design. While these new networks provide Enterprises with numerous benefits to enable them to compete today, their IT teams must ensure that the network delivers continuous uptime, voice-quality connections, and security, while being easy to manage.</p>
<p>“Users today need to begin building new infrastructures that are designed to provide the benefits of running multiple convergence applications,” said Abner Germanow, research manager with IDC. “With voice as the first application to be deployed, IT teams now must build a network that delivers continuous uptime, voice-quality connections and is secure.”</p>
<p>Two-tier Architecture
To address the challenges of building a new converged network, Extreme Networks offers users a simple two-tier network architecture. This approach requires fewer network layers and switching elements, all of which result in a lower total cost of ownership.</p>
<p>“Simplifying my network into a two-tier design with Extreme Networks’ Aspen switch makes sense for a number of reasons,” said Stephen Bosch, enterprise architecture for Luxottica Retail, a member of Luxottica Group, the international leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing, distribution and retail sales of prescription eyewear and sunglasses, and the sponsor of “Give the Gift of Sight Foundation”. “With Extreme’s Unified Access Architecture, I have an infrastructure that is completely ready for voice and data applications, and a design that is simple to manage. The Aspen switch is especially suited for the wiring closet as it delivers higher levels of availability, redundant hardware and Power over Ethernet ports. This means the network remains available, both consistently and predictably as it supports a wide range of devices and services. The Aspen platform also gives Luxottica Retail the capacity we require to accommodate the growth and expansion of our business.”</p>
<p>The two tiers of the network architecture consist of a Unified Access tier and an Intelligent Core tier. The Intelligent Core runs on the award-winning BlackDiamond 10K switch. For the edge of the network, Extreme Networks offers users its Unified Access strategy, which now includes a new switching solution, the Aspen switch.</p>
<p>Aspen: Fortifying the Edge
Aspen is the industry’s first modular switching solution designed to support robust, full-scale IP telephony deployments. This new switching solution leads the market in addressing the critical requirements for production deployments: voice quality connectivity, continuous uptime, better security and simple management. The 5 9s availability of Aspen resulting from its redundant design is enhanced by a non-stop, modular, operating system, ExtremeWare XOS, and the industry’s only LAN resiliency protocol for voice – Extreme Networks’ own Ethernet Automatic Protection Switching (EAPS) protocol.</p>
<p>The new Aspen switching solution enables the concept of the 10/100/1000 Power over Ethernet (PoE) “Universal Jack.” Addressing the power, density and performance compromises of the first generation of PoE switches, the Aspen switch reduces the number of switching elements and eliminates the middle-tier of a traditional three-tier network. The design of the Aspen switch allows users to more easily add PoE ports with new blades or power modules, instead of having to add entire new switches.</p>
<p>The Aspen switch offers voice-class availability with its redundant system design, non-stop operating system (ExtremeWare XOS) and network resilient protocols. The new switch has a high density line rate Gigabit and 10 Gigabits ports, high density PoE support, low latency and jitter support and integrated wired and wireless networking access. The comprehensive security feature sets, include user and host integrity, threat detection and response, and a hardened infrastructure.</p>
<p>Extreme Networks, Inc.
Extreme Networks is a leader in open converged networks. Its innovative network architecture provides Enterprises and Metro Service Providers with the resiliency, adaptability and simplicity required for a true converged network that supports voice, video and data, over a wired and wireless infrastructure, while delivering high-performance and advanced security features. For more information, please visit</p>
<p>Media Contact
Sebastian Rice, Silverspan
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Photography of Charles Cote and the Aspen 8810 are available upon request.</p>
<p>Extreme Networks, Aspen, ExtremeWare XOS and BlackDiamond are trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc.</p>

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