Introducing Extreme Labs – Harnessing Innovation to Master IT Complexity


Innovation is at the core of what we do. Today, we are excited to unveil Extreme Labs, a groundbreaking innovation hub designed to use creativity, collaboration, and advanced technology to solve today and tomorrow’s challenges. Extreme Labs is not just a lab; it's a vibrant incubator where the future’s IT solutions are envisioned, designed, and realized.

At Extreme, we've always been at the forefront of networking and cloud solutions, pushing the boundaries of what technology can achieve. With Extreme Labs, we take a significant leap forward, establishing a dynamic playground for the brightest minds in our industry. Here, innovation meets practicality, ideas meet execution, and challenges meet solutions.

The Vision Behind Extreme Labs

The idea behind Extreme Labs is simple yet ambitious: create a space where the future of IT can be imagined, innovated, co-created, and tested. We pose a critical question to all who join us: "If that’s the future, how do you see yourself in it? How can we help you get there?" This question is not just a reflection of our mission—it's a call to action for every innovator, partner, and visionary who shares our passion for technology.

Extreme Labs is poised to become a central hub for innovation and incubation, where our Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), alongside experts from across Extreme, collaborate with partners and industry leaders. This convergence of diverse expertise ensures that the prototypes we develop not only push technological limits but also remain deeply relevant and practically applicable across various sectors.

By working closely with a diverse ecosystem of experts and thought leaders, Extreme Labs will allow us to gather feedback, validate concepts, and share the latest innovation long before it reaches the broader market.

The Extreme Labs Experience: Collaborate, Co-Create, Innovate

Collaboration is the heartbeat of Extreme Labs. We believe in a participation-based development model where every idea is valued, and every voice has the potential to spark significant advancements. Our approach involves creating a backlog funnel of ideas—each a potential game-changer that could reshape IT practices. These ideas are nurtured into prototypes that are rigorously tested and refined, with the best innovations moving towards commercial deployment.

This continuous cycle of ideation and creation is what sets Extreme Labs apart. By engaging with experts inside Extreme and thought leaders across industries, we not only forecast future needs but also develop solutions that will meet them head-on.

Co-Innovation at Extreme Labs: Solving Real Problems

At Extreme Labs, co-innovation is more than a buzzword—it's a strategy. By fostering an environment of co-creation, co-development, and co-strategy, we build stronger partnerships and achieve greater advancements. This collaborative spirit extends to our integration with future technologies, ensuring our networking solutions are not just cutting-edge but also seamlessly integrated with evolving industry standards and practices.

Our collaborative projects are designed to be mutually beneficial. As we work alongside our partners, we share insights, risks, and rewards. This approach not only accelerates development cycles but also enhances the adoption of these solutions, providing our partners with a competitive edge and a stake in the future of technology.

Enhancing Real-World Applications with Living Tomorrow

Part of our work at Extreme Labs is our partnership with Living Tomorrow, an organization dedicated to exploring the role of future technology in our lifestyles. Together, we are not only exploring what’s possible in the future, but also using that knowledge to enhance the practical applications of our innovations. This collaboration ensures that the solutions developed at Extreme Labs not only lead in innovation but are also perfectly attuned to improving real-world experiences at work, home, and beyond.

Technology Previews at Extreme Labs: A Glimpse into the Future

At Extreme Labs, our commitment to innovation is showcased through our unique Technology Preview initiative. This initiative allows us to share advancements that are on the brink of commercial reality with our customers and industry partners. By engaging with Extreme Labs, stakeholders have a front-row seat to the future of technology, participating actively in shaping its development.

This early engagement is crucial. It not only provides our customers and partners with a sneak peek at emerging technologies but also allows them to influence these developments, ensuring that the solutions we craft are not only innovative but also perfectly aligned with market needs and challenges. This collaborative process exemplifies our dedication to pushing the boundaries of technology while fostering a deeper connection with our community.

Work With Us and Be Part of the Future

The technological landscape is evolving at an unprecedented rate. Engaging with Extreme Labs now positions you at the forefront of this evolution. Our initiative is designed to anticipate changes, adapt strategies, and adopt technologies that will lead tomorrow’s markets. This is your opportunity to be part of a pioneering group that sets the trends rather than follows them.

We are inviting innovators, thinkers, and leaders to join us at Extreme Labs. Whether you are an expert in AI, a leader in cybersecurity, or a visionary in networking solutions, there is a place for you here. Together, we can turn the next generation of ideas into today's solutions.

By participating in Extreme Labs, you gain the opportunity to influence the direction of new technologies and collaborate on projects that will define the future of IT. We are looking for individuals and organizations that are not only ready to innovate but eager to make a lasting impact. Your participation will help pivot the industry from complexity to clarity.


Extreme Labs represents a bold step into the future—a future we are eager to build with you. As we continue to break new ground, we invite you to join us in this exciting journey. Together, we can redefine the boundaries of what technology can achieve and establish new standards that will drive our industry forward.

Stay connected. Stay inspired. Stay innovative. Welcome to Extreme Labs.

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Justin Hurst
Chief Technology Officer, APAC

Justin Hurst is the CTO, APAC for Extreme Networks, where he is responsible for guiding the technical vision for the Extreme platform in the APAC region.

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