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Extreme on Tuesday announced the Smart OmniEdge family of products, including four new technologies that are designed to enhance the edge network experience. The new products fuse together technology from acquisitions over the past year and a half.
The Smart OmniEdge technologies include: ExtremeAI for Smart OmniEdge; Extreme Cloud Appliance; Extreme Extended Edge Switching; and Extreme Defender for IoT.
“We’ve been pretty effective over the last year bringing together our Agile Data Center product portfolio and our Automated Campus product portfolio as well, and we had a very unified wireless product offer, but we just haven’t taken the opportunity to market the Smart OmniEdge capabilities that we have,” Mike Leibovitz, senior director of product management and strategy at Extreme Networks, told us.
The latest Extreme product, Smart OmniEdge is an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled network edge solution that’s comprised of a secure, unified wired/wireless (WLAN) infrastructure and AI-driven management capabilities that are accessible through a single pane of glass. The solution provides visibility, policy and authentication services across the entire infrastructure.
Calling the edge of the network the lifeline for many organizations, particularly in verticals such as health care, retail and education, where the user experience is largely over Wi-Fi, organizations have their unique set of challenges that go beyond simply providing Wi-Fi service to augmenting the experience and creating a better business outcome.
Smart OmniEdge is purpose-built to address the growth of users, as well as IoT devices, to deliver a consistent customer-driven experience across diverse network environments, via flexibility of on-premises deployment or as-a-service offering. The resulting network and insights give customers the agility required to grow and adapt quickly as their business needs change, while protecting their investments.
The new Smart OmniEdge product family includes Extreme’s wired, wireless, network management, cloud, analytics and security capabilities, including:
The new offers open up new customer conversations for partners.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for resellers to have a business conversation with their customers,” Leibovitz said, referring to the ExtremeCloud Appliance, which gives businesses the flexibility to invest in technology for today and tomorrow. “We want to make sure that it’s very easy to sell and deliver the outcomes for the given verticals and customers regardless of what their network or organization looks like,” he said.
Smart OmniEdge products will begin shipping in August. ExtremeAI and Extreme Defender will ship in September or October, the company said.