10 Takeaways From Extreme Networks' 2017 Partner Summit

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The New Product Portfolio Appears To Be Integrating Nicely

Extreme is bringing together a number of technologies -- Avaya's fabric technology, Brocade's data center solutions (including switching, routing and analytics) and Zebra's wireless LAN portfolio. Already, Extreme is offering an automated campus solution that fuses Avaya's fabric with Extreme's management technology. A new Wave 2 access point that can run either the ExtremeWireless or Zebra WiNG platform -- dubbed "SuperSpec" -- is also in the works. Integrations with Brocade's technology are next, following the impending closure of that acquisition.

Partners said they're impressed with what they've seen so far. Merging the Avaya fabric with Extreme's management and analytics "is just phenomenal" and should be a compelling package for many customers, said Dan Cox, chief technology officer at Cincinnati-based STEP Communications Group. While Avaya's fabric has been popular, the combination with the Extreme Management Center adds "the visibility we were missing," Cox said.

Overall, "the integration with the different manufacturers seems to be moving along very well," said David Rudnick, sales manager for Miami-based Extreme partner PC Solutions & Integration.

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