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Extreme takes aim at secure mobile networking

Tim Greene | March 1, 2011
Extreme Networks is going mobile. The company today wheeled out a roadmap that will steer the company's product line toward mobile device and application access, availability and management support.

In the final phase, identity management will be extended to mobile carrier networks that use Extreme's recently announced E4G mobile backhaul routers. So mobile customers using 4G networks will be able to receive tiered bandwidth services.

Upgrades to specific products that will roll out this year include adding black and white lists to Extreme's Identity Manager software. It will also support creation of security zones defined by IP and MAC addresses and subnet. These zones can be associated with policies, so, for example, a guest could be denied access to an internal zone.

The company plans to expand its support for the virtual Ethernet port aggregator standards as they develop. VEPA enables physical switches to take on the role of virtual switches, and Extreme will expand its support to more vendors of NICs and servers.

It will also add support for Microsoft's Hyper-V virtual environment and support dynamic VLAN assignments.

The product direction was drawn up Ginsburg at the behest of its new CEO Oscar Rodriguez. Rodriguez joined the company last August and he hired Ginsburg in December. The two go back to working at Riverstone Networks, which was late acquired by Alcatel-Lucent.

 

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