Extreme Networks' Mobile Solution Addresses BYOD Trend
Extreme's new Intelligent Mobile Edge solutions will give businesses the tools they need to manage employees and the personal devices they want to use to access the corporate network.Extreme Networks is addressing the growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend with an initiative that includes new Ethernet switches, a new access point and identity management capabilities that touch both wired and wireless networks. Extremes Intelligent Mobile Edge solution, introduced March 6, is designed to help IT administrators who find themselves in the position of having to protect the corporate network and data while simultaneously giving employees access to both through their personal mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Security and management are the key issues facing corporations as the BYOD trend continues to grow, according to David Ginsburg, Extremes chief management officer.
"Organizations are allowing their employees to access the enterprise via personal devices at a rapidly increasing rate," Ginsburg said in a statement. "This trend has put enterprise mobility on the fast track, yet IT departments are still grappling with how to cope.
Extremes Intelligent Mobile Edge solution includes new Summit X440 Gigabit fixed switches that run the vendors ExtremeXOS operating system. The switches, which include 10 new models, offer eight to 48 ports in a 1U configuration and bring ExtremeXOS to the converged edge, according to company officials. They also enable mix-and-match stacking, which enable streamlined switch management and identify awareness. Extreme also is rolling out an 802.11n WLAN portfoliothe WM3000 seriesthat is based on Motorolas WiNG 5 architecture for removing bandwidth bottlenecks. In addition, through its Ridgeline management platform, Extreme is enabling businesses greater identity-aware access control and policy enforcement, as well as the ability to identify devices connected to the network. The software can then apply security and adapt resources to the new devices, key capabilities when dealing with a flood of employee-owned devices that are hitting the network. According to Extreme, the smart identity management capabilities work across LAN, WLAN and 3G and 4G environments, enabling businesses to dynamically manage employees and their devices. Network access is based on Active Directory, Radius and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).