Extreme Networks Brings Network Management to the Cloud
Extreme Networks is rolling out a cloud-based management platform that officials say enables users to more quickly adapt to changing application needs and to manage both network switches and wireless access points.
The company's ExtremeCloud offering delivers zero-touch provisioning and simple management capabilities that is designed to enable network administrators to address not only the requirements of current infrastructures but also business needs in the future, according to Extreme officials. It includes a simple user interface and a flow-based application architecture that they said enables faster data processing.
Organizations are relying even more on networks to communicate with both customers and employees, according to Extreme President and CEO Ed Meyercord.
"Because of this, increased dependency combined with the need for pervasive connectivity are driving businesses to embrace a cloud-based management model," Meyercord said in a statement. "To address these needs and empower IT, Extreme is entering the cloud-based network management market as a mature organization with years of experience in building and managing enterprise-class wired and wireless networks and addressing connectivity challenges throughout the world."
The company's ExtremeCloud platform will enable organizations to more easily manage wired and wireless network switches and access points.
Extreme's heritage is in the wired world. The company rapidly expanded its wireless capabilities in 2013 when it bought Enterasys Networks for $180 million. It has since broadened its wireless portfolio. With the ExtremeCloud platform, users can now manage ExtremeCloud switches and wireless access points (APs) either through the cloud or on premises.