Extreme Networks expands Software-Defined Networking (SDN) portfolio

Telecom Lead America: Extreme Networks has announced several initiatives that will assist it to widen
its portfolio of SDN offerings.

Extreme Networks will provide OpenFlow support across its
ExtremeXOS-based Ethernet switch portfolio and will support multiple OpenFlow
controllers including NEC and BigSwitch.

With support of OpenFlow, the company is allowing application
developers to build SDN applications for campus, cloud and carrier networks
using a consistent framework powered by ExtremeXOS.

By supporting multiple controllers, Extreme Networks also offers
customers a set of choices for SDN deployment by supporting multiple

In addition, the company will introduce a plug-in for
OpenStack to manage network switches using the Quantum APIs. OpenStack offers
an open, community-driven platform for centralized orchestration.

“An SDN approach that provides network abstraction,
centralized intelligence and programmability is fundamental to addressing the
fast evolving challenges associated with mobility, cloud sourcing and the
consumerization of IT,” said Shehzad Merchant, vice president of
technology strategy for Extreme Networks.

The company’s portfolio of Ethernet switches and the
ExtremeXOS operating system offer an array of programmability options including
APIs, SDKs, and purpose built applications, including XNV.

The OpenFlow capabilities will be available to new and
existing customers with active support agreements in July 2012.

In order to allow sharing of SDN applications, the company
will also launch a new Web portal called xKIT. With this portal, customers and
application developers can more rapidly address evolving network challenges.
xKIT will become available inJuly 2012.

The company offers SDN solutions for data centers, clouds,
mobile carrier networks and campuses.

Extreme Networks adds 300 cloud customers for all-Ethernet Open Fabric solution, ahead
of Juniper

A few months back, Extreme
Networks added 300 cloud and data center customers for its all-Ethernet Open
Fabric solution.

Extreme Networks has twice the number of Open Fabric
deployments as Juniper’s QFabric.

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