In discussions with Extreme Networks. Extreme Networks recently acquired Enterasys Networks and I was talking with people from the PR team about the product future.
- the XOS operating system will be the long term operating system and features from EOS will move into XOS over the next 2 years.
- both operating systems are based on Linux and Broadcom chipsets so that convergence is expected to be reasonably straight forward.
- Wireless strategy is maintain both product lines to ensure customer. Enterasys had it’s own wireless family and Extreme has been an OEM for Motorola wireless.
- Have setup a relationship with Lenovo to sell Extreme Networks as the preferred networking partner.
- CoreFlow2 packet processor future is not yet decided – Ivan liked this so I asked explicitly asked Enterasys Webinar at IPSpace
- Working with other companies for SDN and controllers. They are not planning to develop their own.
- Enterasys had been deployed SPB for Ethernet fabrics but Extreme has been talking about TRILL. TRILL is the stated future direction for Extreme and the future of SPB is not known at this time.
- there is limited overlap between the companies and their markets. So there is good opportunity to the grow their business.
- I ran out time to ask questions about the security products from the Enterasys portfolio (but frankly, I don’t see much interest in the products).