Extreme Networks expands Open Fabric architecture

Open Fabric Edge is designed to enable unified communications, physical security systems, audio-video bridging, and WLAN in one platform

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Extreme Networks expands Open Fabric architecture Extreme Networks has expanded its Open Fabric architecture.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  April 9, 2013

Extreme Networks has expanded its Open Fabric network architecture, extending the network edge to scale for multiple services and bring advanced capabilities driven by ExtremeXOS to the network edge, where devices and users require innovation.

 The Open Fabric Edge is designed to enable Unified Communications (UC), Physical Security (PhySec) systems, Audio-Video Bridging (AVB), and WLAN on a single converged network. The solution is designed to offer increased scalability (1-40GbE), reliability, advanced services and customisation through an open standards approach to lower total cost of ownership for enterprises.

Extreme Networks is delivering new edge products, including switches, management and WLAN access points with enhancements to scale for the new challenges and benefits stemming from UC platforms.  The Open Fabric Edge solution meets the strategic imperative of IT to embrace virtualisation, mobility and advanced services.

"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 center networks," said Seus Kerravala, principal analyst and founder of SK Research. "ExtremeXOS serves as middleware across switches at each layer, brokering intelligence and communications for convergence, mobility and SDN."

Extreme Networks is now certified for operation with collaboration platforms including qualification in the Network Infrastructure Optimisation program for Microsoft Lync Server 2010. The network can support every aspect of UC, including VoIP desk phones, softphones, instant messaging and video collaboration. The Open Fabric Edge also offers more flexible and scalable network access architecture, delivering intelligent mobility for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD).

"Both IT and end-users want the collaboration and flexibility benefits of an integrated and mobile experience, be it for a web conference, a phone call or video." said BJ Haberkorn, director Product Marketing of Microsoft Lync. "With completion of the Lync qualification, Extreme Networks, with its Open Fabric solutions, has demonstrated a network solution that is highly capable to deliver converged services and keep users and communications connected. This promotes open technologies for convergence."

Third-party integration is achieved via the ExtremeXOS operating system, supporting OpenFlow technology on Summit switches and offering customisation tools and interfaces that deliver automation and application enhancements in concert with the network.

The Open Fabric Edge is designed to equip IT departments to more easily deploy high resolution cameras for PhySec in the access layer. The ExtremeXOS operating system offers tools, including new Chalet, an intuitive web-based GUI, to detect and provision IP-based cameras, using secure 802.1x authentication and QoS policies to ensure quality video.

Automation and network customisation is enabled with the support of both programmable APIs, and SDN tools with OpenFlow and OpenStack. Additionally, new cost-optimised Summit X430 wired access switches and Altitude 4022 and 4522 Wireless LAN 802.11n APs allow for strategic cost-optimisation deployments as the demands of the network increase.

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.

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