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Extreme Networks

STRENGTHS

1. Extreme provides very strong customer service through a 100% insourced service and support team.

2. Extreme has a deep and broad portfolio of data center networking equipment with more than 15 years' history of providing high-performance and reliable data center network solutions.

3. Extreme can aggressively price its data center networking solutions in competitive scenarios.

4. Extreme has an open and standards-based approach to address emerging data center networking requirements, including widespread support for VXLAN, OpenFlow, an SDN OpenDaylight-based controller and multiple APIs, including OpenConfig.

CAUTIONS

1. Extreme is one of the smaller vendors in this research and is growing below market rates. Thus, organizations should ensure there is appropriate local sales and support coverage.

2. Extreme has been late with NSX integration, although they are now actively working on it.

3. Extreme had a strong focus on chassis platforms, which we are still seeing in client proposals, rather than newer FFF solutions, which are often better suited for its customer base.

4. Extreme's current offerings lack capabilities that many larger and advanced "forward lean" organizations desire, such as support for Puppet and Chef.

Source: Gartner.