ExtremeNetworks [NASDAQ:EXTR]: Networking Now Goes beyond Hardware

Ed Meyercord, President & CEO In 2013, Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, embarked on a $125 million revitalization project to dramatically enhance the game-day experience. Inclined toward improving the entertainment value, the Eagles were fishing for a solution that could provide enough bandwidth to satisfy a growing fan-base with mobile devices and their expectations to connect to Wi-Fi at any location. The field, spanning fifteen acres with a capacity to hold over 69,000 fans, would require a carefully designed Wi-Fi network that would allow thousands of devices to simultaneously connect while ensuring that fans are able to access and share content consistently. The Eagles had one place to approach—Extreme Networks.

Extreme Networks built a solid, unparalleled, high density Wi-Fi network to boost connectivity for fans and give them better access to team and league mobile applications, stream photos, and check stats along with other social networking platforms. If it was not for Extreme Networks, the Eagles would not have been able to deliver best in-game fan experience in time for the 2013 season.

Lincoln Field is one of the many projects where Extreme Networks enabled superior customer experience by delivering network powered innovation. Fast-growing companies with few tens of employees, chaotic hospitals with doctors needing instant access to life-saving information, and universities packed with thousands of students— all such establishments which need the utmost in performance and service rely on Extreme Networks to deliver powerful software-driven networking solutions. To this end, Ed Meyercord, President and CEO, of Extreme Wireless states, “A client who becomes an ‘Extreme Customer’ remains an ‘Extreme Customer’ for life.”

Extreme Solutions: Beyond Hardware

A good relationship with the customers is more than something that organizations want; it is something they need to be at their most productive selves. However, fulfilling relationships requires constant evolution and change. This is where Extreme Networks comes in. The company helps organizations, large and small, leverage their networks to build stronger connections with their customers, partners, and employees. Inspired by its vision of a network’s ability to drive connections that in turn drive business, Extreme Networks’ set of software tools and operating systems that control network from a single node to every device across the project ecosystem—be it a stadium, a school campus, or an organization’s IT infrastructure.

From wired to wireless, desktops to data centers, Extreme Networks delivers IT infrastructure that is fast, resilient, and can tune itself to the users’ demands. Enabling highest density coverage through Extreme Wireless product suite that includes access points, centralized management, and appliances, the company delivers exceptional experience for users, “wherever they roam.” The platform extends control beyond the physical network to cloud infrastructure, optimizing client’s network, and applications regardless of where they reside.

The ‘Extreme Way’ has always been about going above and beyond hardware and our products exemplify it every day

Extreme Wireless Access Points deliver a wired-like performance; at scale for high-density in every environment. Its Smart Access Points are equally adept for both distributed and centralized deployment models. The company’s technology also has the capability to incorporate further additions from the client’s end—which is another reason why organizations select Extreme Networks over other networking solutions.

Catering to over 12,000 customers across 80 countries, Extreme Networks is setting new standards in delivering advanced networking technology solutions and platforms enabling highest density coverage in the most challenging environments. As an organization that started a revolution with iconic wireless networks, Extreme today is redefining networking with software. Meyercord proudly states— “The ‘Extreme Way’ has always been about going above and beyond hardware and our products exemplify it every day.”

Imagination Becomes Reality

Saint Xavier High School, one of the premier schools in the tri-state area, located just outside the city of Cincinnati, needed a network solution capable of supporting well founded Wi-Fi access for their Apple TVs and 1:1 iPad program. When looking for a networking partner, St. Xavier sought for a vendor and a product that would also provide seamless wireless service to their 2,100 high school users and 10,000 stadium users. To accomplish this, St. Xavier implemented a solution from Extreme Networks that includes wired and wireless, network management and application visibility. “We decided that the complete network management solution offered by Extreme Networks was exactly what we needed based on how it was going to improve the education and the student experience,” said Ryan Collins, Director of IT at St. Xavier.

The all-inclusive solution leveraged by Extreme Networks included Summit Series switches and IdentiFi Wireless controllers and access points to ensure seamless wireless coverage at their sprawling high school and sporting stadium. Managed by Extreme Control Center and Extreme Identity and Access Control, which has been a tremendous help with the connectivity of the Apple TVs, teachers and students of St. Xavier enjoyed better collaboration. Besides reducing bottlenecks and improving connectivity, Extreme Networks gave the management the ability to view and manage networks from a single window.

The implementation of Extreme Networks IdentiFi wireless solution provided centralized visibility and control over the network. Today, teachers and educators at St. Xavier focus on education and not on the technology.

A Channel First Company

Abiding by the conventional approach to deliver exceptional customer experiences, Extreme Networks builds strong partner relationships. Ensuring trusted, profitable partnerships by simplifying the way of doing business, Extreme Networks as a channel-first company, leverages a suite of wireless solutions which can be customized to the needs and demands of diverse industries.

Extreme Partner Network (EPN)—a holistic program framework engages, enables, and rewards partners at every stage of their engagement with the company, providing building blocks for more productivity and growth. Believing that the company’s global channel partner program is a core element of the company’s growth and innovation strategy, Meyercord says, “Extreme Networks will succeed as our partners succeed.” Going the extra mile by providing a highly trained support staff who are passionate about helping clients, Extreme Networks offers overall assistance to its clients. This is perhaps one of the crucial reasons that tie some of the world’s most recognized names in business, hospitality, government, education, manufacturing and healthcare closer to the company, calling themselves: “Extreme customers-for-lives.”

‘Extreme’ Indeed

Recognized as a ‘Visionary’ in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for the wired and wireless LAN access infrastructure, Extreme Networks showcases its strength in optimizing the access layer for enterprises. Adding to its network-powered innovation and market leading service and support, the company’s streamlined products will soon focus on the needs of a mobile enterprise.

Gearing up to meet the increased network demands driven by mobility, smart devices, and the rapidly expanding Internet of Things, Extreme Networks’ wireless services will accelerate its adoption of 802.11ac Wave 2. An addendum to the original 802.11ac, 802.11ac Wave 2 will increase the wireless speeds to highest limits in vast fields with numerous users operating on multiple devices. Adapting to the latest technologies to stay ahead of the curve is however an old adage followed in the company. Yet, Extreme Networks will lay high importance and large amounts of investments in innovations in wireless technology.

From classroom to the operating room, stadium field to the manufacturing floor, Extreme Networks has a solution for any environment and its challenges and will remain to be that ultimate destination for organizations seeking highly efficient networking solutions in challenging environments.


Ed Meyercord, President & CEO

Extreme Networks delivers advanced networking technology solutions and platforms, enabling highest density coverage in the most challenging environments