CeBIT is the world’s largest tradeshow for IT and telecommunications. Held annually in Hannover, Germany, CeBIT goes back to 1986. This year promises to be a good one. CeBIT is big enough that it is hard to really get a feel for the scale, but here are some facts and figures from last year:
- 4200 exhibitors
- 339,000 visitors
- 220,000 cups of coffee
- 100,000 liters of beer
- 15,000 workers doing setup
- 1,000 cleaners
- 500 guards
- 46 catering companies
- 25 restaurants
- 55 snack stands
Extreme Networks is proud to be a part of the show.
Here is a picture of the BlackDiamond® X8 we have front and center at the booth (Hall 13, Stand D25). The BlackDiamond X8 is an important part of our show presence but we are also announcing other things, including the Intelligent Mobile Edge Solution.
The idea behind the Intelligent Mobile Edge Solution is that folks like enterprises and educational institutions are being challenged by the need to support the onslaught of BYOD devices – iPhones, iPads and the like. Multiple devices per person, some of which maintain nearly constant connections, many of which have lower powered radios than the traditional corporate laptops they are either joining or replacing. Coping with the need to support these devices, while giving IT the visibility and control they need over who gets access to what with which device, requires a new approach, one which which we call the Intelligent Mobile Edge Solution.
The Intelligent Mobile Edge Solution is built with the need to offer breakthrough TCO, an exceptional bang for the buck, top of mind. To help reach this goal we released the Summit® X440 Series – a revolutionary new series of edge/access switches combining the intelligence of ExtremeXOS®, our network operating system, with a variety of convenient form factors, power over Ethernet (both PoE and PoE+) and an affordable pricepoint. Combined with high performance Access Points and the power and control of Ridgeline™ network management, we feel we have put together a very capable solution to the challenges of mobile device proliferation.