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  • 26 August 2010 10:13

Extreme Networks continues to command #2 worldwide position for purpose-built, top-of-rack data centre switches

‘Top of rack’ port shipments increased by 194 per cent vs the same quarter a year ago

SYDNEY, Aug 26, 2010. Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today announced that it has continued to grow its share in the global data centre Ethernet market.

The company’s growth during Q2, according to The Dell’Oro Group, was highlighted by impressive gains with its fixed 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), purpose built ‘top of rack’ switching solutions, as reported in The Dell’Oro Group’s most recent market share update.

Extreme Networks commanded the #2 revenue position for data centre top-of-rack switches according to the quarterly market share report, behind only Cisco, driven by its industry leading Summit® X650, Summit X450 and Summit X480 switches. In the ‘top of rack’ switch port shipment category, Extreme Networks increased its port shipments by 194 per cent compared to the same quarter one year ago. This demonstrates continued momentum for the company in the dynamic and demanding data centre Ethernet market.

10 GbE is becoming the connection of choice beyond the network core, at the edge and for aggregation, as it provides an answer to surging deployment of very high performance servers and bandwidth demanding applications.

“The most significant network upgrade ever witnessed in the data centre space has just begun as customers start migrating servers from multiple 1,000 Mbps connections to two 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections," said Alan Weckel, Director of Ethernet Switch Market Research at Dell’Oro Group, based in Redwood Shores, Calif. “10 GbE top-of-rack switches will be one of the growth drivers going forward in this market transition"

Extreme Networks’ global customers, including The Limited, a leading national retailer, the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and, a managed hosting provider, continue their adoption of Extreme’s Four Pillar data centre strategy, enabling a seamless migration from physical networks, to virtual networks and to cloud-based data centre networks.

“Extreme Networks’ momentum in the data centre segment continues to accelerate as customers drive their purchase decisions towards our innovations, performance and vision,” said Paul Hooper, chief marketing officer for Extreme Networks. “The Dell’Oro report confirms the success of our data centre vision and 10 Gigabit Ethernet products.”

Extreme Networks, Inc.

Extreme Networks provides converged Ethernet network infrastructures that support 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 organizations 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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