June 18, 2012

Better TCO for BYOD from Extreme Networks at CommunicAsia 2012


We are proud to be at CommunicAsia 2012 at the Bay Sands in Singapore. This year our message is all about Total Cost of Ownership, TCO. Wireless, mobility and supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) efforts have been focus areas for Extreme for a while now. Our Intelligent Mobile Edge delivers very good performance at a very reasonable price. We combined cost effective Summit® X440 switches running the same version of ExtremeXOS® as our core switches along with value priced access points including the Altitude 4511 Snap On wallplate AP, which despite its small size has a powerful RF stage for better performance. Together they formed a solution that has worked well for a number of customers, including the Boulder Valley School District.

I think that the following graph says it very well. Extreme Networks delivers 56% lower TCo than Cisco in the Enterprise and 33% lower TCO than Aruba in the campus. Not only is the initial CAPEX less, but also ongoing maintenance, operations, spares and energy costs, when added up over three years, result in significant savings for Extreme Networks customers.

TCO of BYOD - Extreme vs Cisco and Aruba
TCO of BYOD – Extreme vs Cisco and Aruba

For CommunicAsia we have sweetened the deal with regards to the costs of supporting BYOD. Our three new access points offer very good performance at a very reasonable cost, helping drive down the CAPEX part of the TCO equation. The access points we are introducing include:

  • Altitude 4021: Cost Effective Single Radio Dependent Access Point
  • Altitude 4521: Cost Effective Single Radio Independent Access Point
  • Altitude 4532: High Performance Dual Radio Independent Access Point

The 4021 and the 4521 are similar except for the controller, which is built in to the 4521, which allows it to function without and external controller. The 4021, which is my favorite, has a SMART RF powered RF stage, but as a dependent design has no controller hardware inside, thus allowing a lower price. The 4532 is good for medium density campus deployments, with integrated controller and dual radios. For people needing a plenum rated controller, the 4532 would be a good choice, as it available in an external antenna/plenum rated version.

We are at Communicasia this week, come see us at Booth BF3-08, @B2, Hall D. We’ll have fun prizes as well as products such as the BlackDiamond X8, Mobile Backhaul routers including the E4G 200 and E4G 400, the Summit X440 and the Altitude 4511 wall plate access point.

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