Extreme Networks Tames Chaos at the Edge with IP Handset Provisioning Module Automating Convergence Deployment

Company's Universal Port Framework Now Eases Deployment of Handsets From Leading Manufacturers, Avaya, Shoretel, Nortel, Cisco and Mitel

ORLANDO, Fla., VoiceCon Spring, March 6 -- Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXTR) today announced tailored and open technologies that help tame chaos at the network edge. With its new Handset Provisioning Module and Universal Port software, Extreme Networks® is allowing the network to automatically discover and configure phones and provision custom network resources as devices come onto the network. This boosts the integrity, availability and operational versatility for network managers deploying IP telephony at any scale.

The Handset Provisioning Module, coupled with Extreme Networks Universal Port software framework, is an extension of the ExtremeXOS(TM) modular operating system. The Handset Provisioning Module helps IT managers improve accuracy and avoid tedious edge configuration tasks by dynamically applying a pre-defined edge port profile whenever a phone is connected to the network.

With the ability to recognize phones from Avaya, Shoretel, Nortel, Cisco and Mitel, the module supports 65 percent of the IP handset market. Critical network parameters related to access control, network topology, power and bandwidth allocation, and Quality of Service (QoS) can be consistently configured on an event-driven basis, helping to reduce configuration errors and save time when installing or moving networked devices. In addition, the module can also configure the handsets themselves if they support the IEEE standard link-layer discovery protocol (LLDP). The result is one of the industry's most comprehensive, automated solution solving tough handset deployment challenges.

"Extreme Networks is delivering a powerful combination of edge integrity and operational versatility for IT managers who face large-scale IP telephony rollouts and difficult staffing environments," said Scott Lucas, senior director of solutions marketing for Extreme Networks. "With our first-of-its- kind Universal Port framework, we offer an intelligent, automated solution to this critical issue."

As part of its commitment to open development, Extreme Networks will be releasing its Handset Provisioning Module software source code to the public domain. Users will be encouraged to further enhance the module to add support for new phone brands, networked devices, and other relevant capabilities. Extreme Networks will also support developers with a program to test and release user-developed enhancements made to the provisioning module.

Extreme Networks Universal Port is a powerful, contextual connection management framework that leverages an open architecture to perform dynamic, event-driven switch configuration. With Universal Port, the network can reconfigure itself in response to a variety of situations. Universal Port can support everything from simple devices to highly sophisticated devices that support the latest discovery and authentication protocols. As a result, the network edge and the devices themselves can be dynamically tailored to provide the precise network and device policies needed to support the context of each individual connection.

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.

Source: Extreme Networks, Inc.


Greg Cross

Extreme Networks Public Relations



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