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Extreme Networks offers new edge solutions for new technologies

Veronica C. Silva | April 19, 2013
Its Open Fabric Edge solution helps enterprises adapt to virtualisation, mobility and other advanced services.

Extreme Networks recently announced that it has expanded its Open Fabric network architecture to help enterprises keep up with some of the latest technologies they can find in their networks.

Extreme Networks said its Open Fabric Edge are designed to better manage the enterprise network which has recently grown to include many connected devices with new innovations such as cloud computing and big data.

Open Fabric Edge supports Unified Communications (UC), WLAN, physical security systems, and audio-video bridging on a single network at a much lower operational cost because of the use of open standards.

The Open Fabric Edge solutions include switches, WLAN access points and management software that can scale to meet the challenges in adapting new technology trends in the enterprise such as virtualisation, mobility and advanced services, including bring-your-own-device (BYOD).

"Traditionally the enterprise edge architecture was about device connectivity, authentication and power over Ethernet, but with its Open Fabric Edge position, Extreme Networks is heightening the return on infrastructure investment with innovations contributing to availability, automation and task enablement that the market has experienced with cloud and data centre networks," said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst and founder, ZK Research. "ExtremeXOS serves as middleware across switches at each layer, brokering intelligence and communications for convergence, mobility and SDN (software-defined networking)."

Microsoft support

Extreme Networks said it is now certified under the Network Infrastructure Optimization programme for Microsoft Lync Server 2010. This qualifies Extreme Networks to support UC under the Microsoft platform.

Other third-party solutions can be integrated into the network with the ExtremeXOS operating system. The OS is also designed for high availability to reduce network downtime for mission- critical applications such as CRM, data warehouses and VoIP for carrier and voice grade networks.

"Extreme Networks enterprise campus solution brings a range of choices and key functionality to mobilise enterprises and campus, and to respond to exploding data traffic from multiple devices and systems," the company said.

The Open Fabric solutions include the Summit X430 series and Summit X440 series switches; Ridgeline 4.0 Network and Service Management Software; Chalet intuitive web-based GUI for simplified physical security operation; Altitude 4022/4522 access points; and the ExtremeXOS modular operating system. 


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