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The Sky is the Limit for Extreme!

Norman Rice Chief Operating Officer Published 17 Sep 2018

“It’s never been a better time to be a customer, employee, or stockholder of Extreme Networks.”

We have been on a remarkable journey over the past couple of years. From our successive technology acquisitions – which broadened our solutions portfolio from edge to core, to the recent launch of Smart OmniEdge, our AI-powered network edge solution, Extreme Networks has never been in a stronger position. Our progress has not gone unnoticed. Of late, we have been:

In addition to being named a leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure, Extreme was also named a Challenger for the first time in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking.

Gartner Recognition

If you haven’t already viewed the Gartner Magic Quadrants, then I highly recommend you do so! Infrastructure and operations leaders leverage Gartner’s research to identify which vendors best fit their requirements.


We believe that these reports are testaments to the success of our transformation. Our team is one of the most dedicated and focused in the industry, and they have worked hard to create the best solutions for our customers to exceed their needs. 

What Does It Mean to be a Leader?

According to Gartner, “A vendor in the Leaders quadrant will have demonstrated an ability to fulfill a broad variety of customer requirements through the breadth of its access layer product family. Leaders will have the ability to shape the market and provide complete and differentiating access layer applications, as well as global service and support. Leaders should have demonstrated the ability to maintain strong relationships with their channels and customers, and have no obvious gaps in their portfolios.”

The Journey So Far…

You might be asking yourself, “What is different about Extreme Networks? What have we done these last few years to achieve leadership?” Here’s the short answer – we…

  • Acquired and fully integrated the Zebra WLAN Business, Avaya networking assets, and data center business from Brocade, back-to-back-to-back, in less than 18 months. We’re now a $1 billion company and the 3rd largest end-to-end networking provider in the industry.
  • Focused on three  solution areas that address network needs from edge to core – Smart OmniEdge, Automated Campus and Agile Data Center. Our solutions are designed with customers in mind to provide them with agile, adaptive, and secure networking.
  • Revealed the new Extreme via Extreme Now, a 6-month roadshow that visited over 5,500 end users in 55 cities across 30 countries and concluded with our first-ever global user conference, Extreme Connect! Watch the highlights here! The Extreme NOW World Tour 2.0 will kick off this falland conclude at Extreme Connect 2019 in Nashville, TN. 
  • Introduced our focus on “Customer-Driven Networking” to highlight how we collaborate with customers to help them drive digital transformation initiatives and enable better business outcomes.
  • Transformed into the largest end-to-end networking vendor in the industry solely focused on networking – as well as the fastest growing, with over 30,000 customers worldwide.

What’s Next

The sky is the limit for Extreme. No networking vendor is as focused and motivated as we are. Moving forward, we’re the networking vendor you need to watch and consider for your next deployment. We’re going to remain true to our roots and continue to drive innovation, offer best in class support to our customers, and remain responsive to customer needs.

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