Extreme Networks and Nortel Team to Demonstrate Radical Improvements in Cost and Performance of Carrier Ethernet Networks


Live Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) Interoperability Demo at NXTcomm

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 18 - Extreme Networks® and Nortel plan to hit a milestone in the pursuit of cost and performance optimized carrier Ethernet with an interoperability demonstration of Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) at the NXTcomm tradeshow in Chicago, June 19-21, 2007. This live demonstration will showcase Ethernet connections over a PBT trunk between Extreme Networks exhibitor booth (No. 1355) and the Nortel booth (No. 2051).

"The multi-vendor PBT interoperability demonstration will show significant progress for this new technology," said Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder, Infonetics Research. "This is an important step towards accelerating the deployment of PBT in service provider networks."

The PBT interoperability demonstration showcases Extreme Networks new BlackDiamond® 12802R carrier Ethernet switch. Introduced last month, the BlackDiamond 12802R bridges the price/performance gap for service providers in need of a cost-effective, carrier-grade Ethernet solution for lower density business and residential applications. The new BlackDiamond 12802R compliments the BlackDiamond 12804R which is targeted for higher density metro area applications, including, E-Line, E-LAN, IPTV, VoIP and other real-time communications.

"We are very excited about this milestone and the results we have been able to achieve with our new BlackDiamond 12800 series products," said Peter Lunk, director of service provider marketing for Extreme Networks. "PBT is the next step in Ethernet's adoption as the transport protocol of choice in carrier networks. It provides determinism and resiliency to service providers who may have been hesitant to deploy Ethernet transport networks in the past."

In addition to the PBT demonstrations, Mr. Lunk will be participating in a Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) panel entitled, "MEF Carrier Ethernet Roadmap" at 10:45am on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at booth #7551. During this panel Mr. Lunk will cover the progress to date towards the Ethernet Network to Network Interface (E-NNI) specification designed to speed the deployment of carrier Ethernet services with a standard that simplifies service provider peering arrangements.

For more information on Extreme Networks' carrier grade Ethernet solutions, please, visit: http://www.multidimensionalethernet.com/

Extreme Networks, Inc.

Extreme Networks designs, builds, and installs Ethernet infrastructure solutions that solve the toughest business communications challenges. Our commitment to open networking sets us apart from the alternatives by delivering meaningful insight and unprecedented control to applications and services. We believe openness is the best foundation for growth, freedom, flexibility, and choice. We focus on enterprises and service providers who demand high performance, converged networks that support voice, video and data, over a wired and wireless infrastructure.

FCMN Contact: gcross@extremenetworks.com

Source: Extreme Networks, Inc.

CONTACT: Greg Cross of Extreme Networks Public Relations, +1-408-579- 3483, gcross@extremenetworks.com

Web site: http://www.extremenetworks.com/

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