City of Ocala upgrades metro network with broadband Ethernet from Extreme Networks

Aug. 31, 2001--Extreme Networks Inc.'s simplified and powerful Ethernet switching solutions are enabling metropolitan areas around the world to increase their communications capabilities.

Extreme Networks Inc.'s (Nasdaq: EXTR) simplified and powerful Ethernet switching solutions are enabling metropolitan areas around the world to increase their communications capabilities. The latest city to select Extreme Networks' Ethernet networking solutions is Ocala, FL. Other cities and countries that are reaping the benefits of Extreme Networks' award-winning Ethernet solutions include Ann Arbor, MI; Hillsboro, OR; and Houston, TX along with national networks in Sweden, Italy and New Zealand.

The City of Ocala has upgraded its network with Extreme Networks' advanced Ethernet switching solutions, providing enhanced bandwidth and support for Web-based applications across its citywide communications network. The network reaches 18 different departments throughout the City. The new network features aggregated Gigabit links to servers, which host complex Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software applications to extend the accessibility of vital information.

Ocala has deployed Extreme Networks' Alpine modular switching platform, ideal for aggregating data center traffic at the core of their two central campuses. The switches interface directly with fiber for point-to-point MAN connections. Extreme Networks' Summit fixed configuration switches operate at the edge of the network for each facility. As a result, Ocala's employees receive high-speed connections of up to 100Mb duplex to PCs, a significant upgrade from the 16Mb connections provided by the token-ring network previously in place. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) engineers are realizing the benefit of the new network to collaborate in real time, share large CAD graphic files quickly and easily across different offices.

Gigabit Ethernet particularly benefits the network by better leveraging the fiber already present between buildings compared to slower connections based on Token Ring. With Layer 3 VLAN support, Ocala can transparently link to remote locations and isolate traffic for specific applications. VLAN security policy allows personnel to individually access applications while protecting sensitive information.

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Extreme Networks, Inc. delivers a simplified approach for building networks based on its technology vision of Ethernet Everywhere networking. For more information, visit www.extremenetworks.com.

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