Extreme Networks Announces 300 Customers for its All-Ethernet Open Fabric
40 Gigabit Ethernet Network Architecture Optimized for Next-Generation Cloud & Data Centers

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today announced that it has reached a milestone of 300 cloud and data center customers for its all-Ethernet Open Fabric solution.  Extreme Networks Open Fabric is based on 40 GbE network technologies that use open standards protocols such as M-LAG (Multi-Switch Link Aggregation) and Data Center Bridging (DCB).  With 300 deployments worldwide, Extreme Networks has twice the number of Open Fabric deployments as Juniper's QFabric, based on Juniper's own reported number of customers discussed by the company during its earnings, April 24th.

"We believe mobile devices, web apps and cloud infrastructures are driving one of the largest network upgrade periods in 20 years," said Oscar Rodriguez, president and CEO of Extreme Networks. "Being first to market with a 40 GbE network fabric allows our customers to upgrade their networks for new cloud, data center and mobile applications.  Our all-Ethernet Open Fabric solution is well positioned to gain market share."

Extreme Networks Open Fabric customer examples include LINX, VMware and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.  Customers also include leading mobile carriers worldwide.  About half of the Open Fabric customers are enterprise data centers, one quarter are mobile operators, and 20 percent are cloud-scale data centers.  Others include high performance computing (HPC) and government security customers.

Extreme Networks Open Fabric solution is available on its next-generation switches such as Extreme Networks Summit® X650 & X670 and the new BlackDiamond® X8.  The BlackDiamond X8 was released in February 2012 and has won several awards, including the 2012 Data Centre Product of the Year award from Network Computing magazine in the UK.

"The best way to measure the impact of change driven by the new data center is profiling the adoption of more efficient and faster network designs by a range of customers," said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst for ZK Research.  "Extreme Networks is now delivering on its vision for mobility and this really matters." 

Extreme Networks Open Fabric data center and cloud switching architecture enables greatly increased performance, ultra-low latency, converged storage capabilities such as DCB, and energy efficiency.  The Summit X670, Summit X650 and BlackDiamond X8 products offer customers a highly flexible and automate 10 and 40 GbE architecture. 

About Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks is a market leader in high-performance Ethernet switching for cloud, data center and mobile networks.  Based in Santa Clara, CA, Extreme Networks has more than 6,000 customers in more than 50 countries.  For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.extremenetworks.com.

Extreme Networks, the Extreme Networks logo, Summit and BlackDiamond, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other names are the property of their respective owners.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including without limitation statements as to future benefits and functionality of Extreme Networks Products, ability to gain acceptance of products and market share, and ability to deliver solutions, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date. Because such statements deal with future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties, including network design and actual results of use of the product in different environments. We undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information in this release. Other important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are contained in the Company's 10-Qs and 10-Ks which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. http://www.sec.gov

SOURCE Extreme Networks, Inc.

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