Extreme Networks strikes training agreement with TNC

Extreme Networks builds an army of Gigabit Ethernet specialists in the region with a recent agreement with The Network Centre.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  June 28, 2001

Extreme Networks is building up a core of Gigabit Ethernet engineers in the region, through an agreement with The Network Centre (TNC). The deal makes TNC the sole provider of ExtremeWorks educational programme for the Middle East.

“It’s a great partnership, guaranteeing quality training from an experienced team for our customer base in the region,” says Emad Makiya, country manager, Extreme Networks Middle East.

“With the major governmental contracts we’ve won in the Middle East recently there is an immediate demand for seriously dedicated education at a network specialist level, which we feel TNC provides,” he adds.

The deal with TNC comes at a time when Extreme is “beefing up,” its presence in the local market, with the appointment of additional sales and technical staff. The data networking vendor has completed building its channel, and identified training as a core focus area going forward. “Training is very important,” comments Makiya. “The deal with The Network Centre will provide purple training rooms for the whole region.”

According to Makiya, Extreme's growing presence in the region is a response to the increasing demand for best of breed network solutions. “The features offered by the best of breed vendors makes a convincing story for network managers,” he says.

“Take for example, Juniper and Extreme, these two are a perfect match — Juniper for the wide area network and Extreme in the local area market. Cacheflow is also in there doing the caching, and Net Screen for the IP firewall. That is what we are seeing in the States and that is migrating little by little to this region,” Makiya explains.

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