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The Extreme Networks Software-Defined Networking solution accelerates application innovation and reduces risks for the entire network, including wireless, campus and data center. Extreme Networks does this through a modular, open and standards-based development environment that integrates with existing infrastructure and avoids architecture lock-in. Extreme Networks Software-Defined Networking platform is evolutionary software-defined networking platform to promote community led innovation. Extreme Networks believes customers should be able to migrate their existing (brownfield) networks to SDN without expensive forklift upgrades. Seamless software-defined networking migration requires both an open, standards-based and comprehensive approach with strong community mind share and partner ecosystem support. The Extreme Networks Software-Defined Networking platform is based on a  hardened OpenDaylight (ODL) controller.

Extreme Networks comprehensive approach preserves the integrity of the open API provided by ODL while extending data center orchestration, automation and provisioning to the entire network under a single pane of glass. Extreme Networks simple, fast and smart software-defined networking platform tightly integrates with existing and multi-vendor hardware and software network environments, preserving customer investments and avoiding vendor lock-in. Backward compatibility is maintained with multi-vendor network infrastructure that conforms to the OpenFlow standard and other open APIs. Extreme Networks’ OpenDaylight based API, Software Development Kit (SDK) and developer community will enable customers to evolve the network to keep pace with emerging security, wireless, and converged SDN infrastructure. The result is a simpler development platform that avoids the feature and capability limitations of other open SDN models — many of which are really only truly applicable to new or ‘greenfield’ networking implementations.

Extreme Networks Software-Defined Networking Orchestration

Trialing or deploying a new SDN application with an existing network is often a complex undertaking. Extreme Networks Software-Defined Networking solution allows Extreme Networks customers to easily trial and deploy new services regardless of who develops or provides them. Extreme Networks Software-Defined Networking partner and developer ecosystem includes not only proven, tested and deployed integrations, but also opens the door to any new applications that are developed using the Extreme Networks OpenDaylight standard. Few network operators have the luxury of a ‘greenfield’ network and even fewer appreciate being locked-in to one vendor. Extreme Networks integrative solutions work with your existing network in order to protect your investment. At the same time, Extreme Networks modular, standards-based architecture reduces uncertainty, variability, unpredictability and overall cost. The result is a solution that is non-disruptive, leverages your existing infrastructure and allows you to innovate faster, with reduced risks, lower costs and less uncertainty.

Provisioning Of Network Services And Applications

The second benefit provided is both speed and flexibility when deploying applications and solutions. An effective SDN solution must by definition be programmable and integrative with nearly every other solution and application on the market. Extreme Networks is leveraging both open and standards-based protocols, application programming interfaces (APIs) and NFV, such as OpenDaylight and OpenFlow. Extreme Networks is also combining them with proven, industry-leading Extreme Networks solutions including EXOS and OneFabric Connect SDN, as well as many predefined applications that are already available and deployed. The result is that Extreme Networks customers have choices. They can choose to develop their own applications or take advantage of the entire software-defined networking development community. This not only puts power in the hands of the customer to easily create and deploy new services, it also makes these deployments faster.

End-To-End Network Automation

Extreme Networks SDN is complex, but Extreme Networks Software-Defined Networking makes them simpler and easier to manage. Extreme Networks does this by leveraging one unified operating and management system (EXOS) across all platforms as well as the SDN controller. This makes deployment across multiple platforms much simpler. Extreme Networks is also fully integrating the Extreme Networks solution with OpenDaylight by developing plug-ins for Extreme Networks management tools (such as NetSight) and hardening the overall OpenDaylight offering for increased reliability. As well Extreme Networks is adding additional applications (NAC, Purview, wireless, session management, etc.) that extend the benefits of SDN beyond the basic functions offered by most providers. This allows Extreme Networks to bring Unified Network Management as well as network access control, network optimization and advanced application analytics to the same software-defined networking solution.
Extreme Networks Software-Defined Networking

The Extreme Networks’ Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution accelerates application innovation and reduces risks for the entire network, including wireless, campus and data center. Extreme Networks does this through a modular, open and standards-based development environment that integrates with existing infrastructure and avoids architecture lock-in. If you are a commercial application developer looking to integrate with a leading SDN platform, deploying SDN in your network in the next 12-18 months or a value-added reseller offering SDN solutions today, you may be eligible to receive a free early release Extreme SDN OneController Platform.

The Extreme Networks evolutionary SDN solution provides simple end-to-end network automation that makes your network deployment, management and ongoing operation cost effective, fast provisioning of your network to support any application, while maintaining flexibility for deploying your choice of best-of-breed applications, solutions and vendors, and smart orchestration, including backwards compatibility, to protect your existing network infrastructure investments. Extreme Networks allies with the world’s leading technology provider to bring innovative solutions to the market that solve real-world problems for forward-thinking IT organizations.

Single-pane-of-glass control from BYOD to the data center. Extreme Networks ExtremeControl provides all the management tools you need to control policy from any network node to any individual device, all from a single pane of glass. Centralized management brings simplicity to complex management configurations and reporting while distributed control automatically adapts to policy and privileges based on location, time, user, or device. A single management system for the entire network providing consistent management across all devices.

Integrated wired/wireless management provides consistent management of both the wired and wireless network from a single interface. Dashboard and reports provides a graphical user interface for network data collection and reporting of network analytics. Open Application Programmatic Interface (API) provides an open and secure two-way interface into Management Center for third-party application integration and control of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) implementations. Network Inventory Management provides advanced network configuration and change management for the wired and wireless infrastructure.

Extreme Access Control is a complete standards-based, multi-vendor interoperable pre-connect and post-connect Access Control solution for wired and wireless LAN and VPN users. Using the Extreme Access Control Gateway appliances and/or Virtual Appliance with Control Center management configuration and reporting software, IT administrators can deploy a leading-edge Network Access Control solution to ensure only the right users have access to the right information from the right place at the right time including time of day, location, authentication types, device and OS type, and end system and user groups.

Network Access Control (NAC) is a complete standards-based, multi-vendor interoperable pre-connect and post-connect Network Access Control solution for wired and wireless LAN and VPN users. Using Extreme Networks NAC Gateway appliances and/or NAC Gateway Virtual Appliance with Extreme Networks NetSight NAC management configuration and reporting software, IT administrators can deploy a leading-edge NAC solution to ensure only the right users have access to the right information from the right place at the right time.

SDN networks are complex, but Extreme Networks makes them simpler and easier to manage. Extreme Networks does this by leveraging one unified operating and management system (EXOS) across all platforms as well as the SDN controller. This makes deployment across multiple platforms much simpler. Extreme Networks is also fully integrating Extreme Networks’ solutions with OpenDaylight by developing plug-ins for our management tools such as NetSight and hardening the overall OpenDaylight offering for increased reliability.

As well Extreme Networks is adding additional applications (NAC, Purview, wireless, session management, etc.) that extend the benefits of SDN beyond the basic functions offered by most providers. This allows Extreme Networks to bring unified network management as well as network access control, network optimization and advanced application analytics to the same Software-Defined Networking solution. This is all managed through a simple, single-pane-of-glass GUI front-end for the whole network including the wireless edge, campus and data center.

Networks are built using switches, routers, and other devices in a distributed fashion to scale and provide reliability. In this distributed environment, it has become more complex to provide new end-to-end services and applications in a seamless and cost effective manner. As the business demands more agile and flexible IT services this has become a focal point for innovation and also for differentiation by vendors that have solved that challenge. To address the simultaneous needs for security, virtualization, manageability, mobility and agility in today ́s networks — the concept of SDNs Software-Defined Networks — are gaining attention as a viable solution.

The provisioning of new services and the reliable application delivery in a dynamic IT infrastructure can be achieved with such an architecture. The value of SDN in the enterprise lies specifically in the ability to provide network virtualization and automation of configuration across the entire network / fabric so new services and endsystems can be deployed rapidly and operational cost can be minimized. As enterprises embrace the new world of consumer tablets, smartphones and laptops, a “Bring Your Own Device” policy (BYOD) enables employees and guests to be more mobile and productive while the enterprise is secure and compliant.