Enterasys Offers Extreme Networks Customers Exclusive No Cost WLAN Upgrade

High-Value, Zero Cost Upgrade Program Includes Maintenance and Support for Extreme Summit Users

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - November 2, 2009) -  Enterasys, the network infrastructure and security division of Siemens Enterprise Communications Group, today announced the availability of its free Extreme Wireless Upgrade program for Extreme Networks customers seeking to protect existing investments and simplify the upgrade path to 802.11n, as well as immediately increase performance and security. The new program enables Summit users to upgrade current WM Series wireless controllers and A350/A450 access points with significantly enhanced software that is not available from Extreme. Enterasys will also honor up to one year of existing Extreme Networks wireless maintenance and support.

"Our Extreme Wireless Upgrade program is a risk-free way for Extreme wireless customers to realize the benefits of new features including integrated guest access, Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) support, and additional security and performance enhancements," said Chris Crowell, Enterasys executive vice president and general manager. "Because Enterasys operates its own wireless business and doesn't rely on a changing carousel of OEM partners, Summit users can avoid the headaches that often accompany an OEM vendor transition." 

"Several companies that offer OEMed WLAN products have changed suppliers at least once, and with the ensuing support and migration issues this causes for customers, it is getting harder to justify buying these products from anyone but an actual manufacturer," said Andrew Braunberg, research director of Enterprise Networks and Security at Current Analysis.

This program also simplifies upgrading to 802.11n wireless technology by enabling customers to continue to use existing Summit controllers and access point mounting brackets. 

"When you combine the advanced functionality and flexibility of the HiPath offering with Enterasys' 95 percent customer satisfaction rating, and our commitment to honor existing Extreme Networks maintenance agreements, this becomes a highly compelling offer," added Crowell. 

About HiPath
A winner of the 2008 TMC Labs Innovation Award, the HiPath Wireless portfolio has been noted by analysts and customers for its:

  • Single 802.11af PoE-powered, dual-radio, 3x3 MIMO 802.11n solution
  • Advanced security with integrated 802.11n wireless intrusion prevention
  • Superior performance and granular QoS capabilities
  • Flexible deployment options to fit a wide range of customer topologies and business needs.

In addition, the HiPath Wireless portfolio couples integrated, centralized management and advanced features to enable and optimize a wide range of traffic types including voice and High-Definition (HD) video across the WLAN.

About the "Extreme Wireless Upgrade" Offer
Available through February 26, 2010, Enterasys will provide upgrades to the following eligible Extreme products:

  • Summit WM20 controller
  • Summit WM200 controller
  • Summit WM2000 controller
  • Altitude 350-2 Integrated Antenna AP (802.11 a/b/g)
  • Altitude 350-2 Detachable Antenna AP (802.11 a/b/g)
  • Altitude 450 Internal Antenna AP (802.11 a/n, 802.11 b/g/n)
  • Altitude 451 External Antenna AP (802.11 a/n, 802.11 b/g/n)

Enterasys will honor up to one year of existing Extreme Networks wireless maintenance at the Enterasys Standard maintenance level with proper proof of the existing service contract.

For Terms and Conditions and other information, please call Enterasys toll free at 1-877-801-7082, or visit us on the Web at http://www.enterasys.com.

About Siemens Enterprise Communications Group (SEN Group)
The SEN Group is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based architectures to unify communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, SEN Group companies include Siemens Enterprise Communications, Cycos, and Enterasys Networks.

For more information about the SEN Group or Enterasys please visit www.siemens-enterprise.com or www.enterasys.com

Contact Information:

Barry Cioe
Enterasys Networks
+1 978 684 1525

Michelle Barry
BridgeView Marketing
+1 603 570 7533