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  • 19 August 2010 13:57

Extreme Networks to raise university’s network grade for campus and data centre connectivity

10 Gigabit performance with enhancements for virtualisation, security, and resiliency complement GSU’s high performance network and data centre

SYDNEY -- Aug 19, 2010. Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today announced that it has been selected for a major campus network and data centre network upgrade at Georgia State University (GSU), based on its Four Pillars data centre strategy. The GSU campus network supports 30,000 students and more than 50 buildings.

Functionality of the network is highlighted by secure and scalable network connectivity addressing critical campus systems ranging from cameras, to lighting systems to heating/cooling to vending machines that benefits from increased automation and monitoring from the network.

GSU is the South-east's leading urban research institution and is one of the top 100 public universities for doctoral degrees awarded. GSU’s network renovation project includes an infrastructure refresh that will result in next generation network connectivity featuring integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet today, 40 Gigabit in the future and the migration to virtualisation in its data centres supporting data and storage systems.

The GSU campus network supports the widespread use of video for learning and security, automated building control systems and support of multimedia applications serving GSU’s diverse educational curriculum. High availability and network virtualisation capabilities topped the university’s priorities in designing its future proof 10 Gigabit and later 40 Gigabit Ethernet network that will allow it to manage virtual machines efficiently across its network.

To meet its objectives, GSU chose Extreme Networks® solution based on its Four Pillars Strategy for next generation data centres, including the BlackDiamond® 8800 modular and Summit® fixed switch platforms that feature the ExtremeXOS® operating system and the XNV™ Virtual Machine Lifecycle Management software.

“Virtualising our servers along with a major network upgrade provides a more stable and reliable infrastructure. The virtualisation of the network also offers a significant cost savings to the university and reduces our expenditures for ongoing maintenance,” said J. L. Albert, Georgia State University’s Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer. “Taking these pro-active measures to optimise operational efficiency, enhance security and increase the availability of our systems will benefit the entire campus.”

Extreme Networks’ XNV virtual life-cycle management software provides network-level visibility and control of the server virtual machine environment in a hypervisor-agnostic manner and without requiring any changes to the server virtualisation operating environment. This allows network administrators to efficiently provision, monitor, troubleshoot and manage highly virtualised data centre environments while minimising errors, reducing application downtime and improving their SLA response times.

GSU’s resilient network is enhanced with the use of Extreme Networks’ Ethernet Automatic Protection Switching (EAPS) protocol, providing sub 50 millisecond failover that assures the delivery of voice, video and data. Additionally, a secure network is provisioned with the use of virtual routing on BlackDiamond switches, logically separating departmental networks with virtualised routing.

Extreme Networks, Inc. Extreme Networks provides converged Ethernet network infrastructure that supports data, voice and video for enterprises and service providers. The company's network solutions feature high performance, high availability and scalable switching solutions that enable organisations to address real-world communications challenges and opportunities. Operating in more than 50 countries, Extreme Networks provides wired and wireless secure LANs, data centre infrastructure and Service Provider Ethernet transport solutions that are complemented by global, 24x7 service and support. For more information, visit:

Extreme Networks’ distributor in Australia is Distribution Central (NetWorld Systems® business group). In New Zealand, distributors are Distribution Central and Ericsson NZ.

For more information James Owens Regional Director, Australia and New Zealand Extreme Networks Phone: +61-2-8912 2405 Mobile: +61-430 166 691 Email:

David Frost PR Deadlines Pty Ltd, for Extreme Networks Phone: +61-2-4341 50221 or +61 (0) 408 408 210 Email:

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