Extreme Networks expands unified access architecture with new edge switch

October 18, 2004

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) is expanding its Unified Access Architecture (UAA) with convergence capabilities and a new edge switch. The new Summit(r) 300-24 is a high performance Layer 2/3 switch supporting Power over Ethernet (PoE), network resiliency and availability. Delivering on the promise of the universal Ethernet jack, Extreme Networks is mobilizing IP telephony by adding protocol support for widely deployed voice over Wi-Fi handsets.

As the edge of the network evolves with expanding communication options and wireless devices, organizations are looking to broaden yet simplify the IT infrastructure. With Extreme Networks' UAA, enterprises gain a unique network edge solution that delivers tremendous versatility through unified management for wired and wireless, powered Ethernet ports, uniform policy management, wireless mobility capabilities and access security features. Now, enterprises don't need to be burdened with the complexity and costs of an overlay network to connect devices, support applications and deliver services.

"We are pleased to add the Summit 300-24 switch to our hospital environment," said Shane Wade, network coordinator for the Brookwood Medical Center in Alabama, a part of Tenet Healthcare's Southern States region. "We gain added flexibility from the compact device supporting a highly available wireless LAN which allows our personnel to carry tablet PCs or laptops with them and access transcription information from any area of the facility. Having a single network with consistent features and security from Extreme's Unified Access Architecture gives us great performance while simplifying our regular configuration tasks."

Extreme Networks is extending support for IP telephony over the wireless LAN by adopting the SpectraLink Voice Priority (SVP) protocol and the Inter-Access Point Protocol (IAPP) with its Summit and Alpine(r) switches and Altitude(tm) dual radio Access Points. These two protocols support high quality voice with roaming as it is deployed in enterprise environments today. Convergence is also enhanced with Extreme Networks' consistent and powerful policy management capabilities including end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) for prioritizing applications and authentication options that are consistent for every individual and a diverse range of devices.

Extreme Networks Inc.

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