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Extreme Networks BlackDiamond® X8 Cloud-Scale Switch Selected For Wisconsin's Premier Data Center Facility By Data Holdings

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today announced that its Open Fabric network solutions, featuring the award-winning BlackDiamond® X8 switch, were selected to be the network infrastructure of choice by Data Holdings, developer of the newest 46,000 SF Tier III Data Center facility serving the Midwest, and located in Milwaukee.  

The Data Holdings data center, opening in April 2013, supports ultra-fast Ethernet speeds providing its customers with the best and latest options to meet their mission-critical connectivity needs. The energy efficient LEED certified data center facility will meet all customer needs, from simple co-location to fully staffed and operated network on a 24/7 basis.

"Our new Milwaukee data center serves as one of the most efficient, reliable, and well-connected multi-tenant data center facilities in the region which is why we chose Extreme Networks to support us in this endeavor," said Dan McGrath, CEO for NewAge Data Center Solutions, development partner and facility operator.  "With the BlackDiamond X8 switch we get the combination of low latency, energy efficiency and broad support of applications including SDN.  Our staff is confident in the network regardless of applications, also providing an important differentiation for our customers."

The BlackDiamond X8 recently received CRN Magazine's 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year award for its unique scale and innovative features. The core switch provides dense, low latency and high performance switching to meet the growing demand of converged storage, mobility and the cloud.

"Extreme Networks is proud to be a vital part of the Data Holdings network infrastructure as it represents the very latest in data center design, network technology and multi-tenant data support," said Eileen Brooker, vice president of global alliances.  "With the innovative BlackDiamond X8 switch, Extreme Networks is able to support the very latest technologies, from virtualization to SDN, in an efficient solution that reduces costs."

To meet the present and future connectivity needs of organizations in the region, the Data Holdings data center network will be ready to support SDN applications, including OpenFlow/OpenStack and custom software applications.  The network will scale for wire-speed 40 Gigabit Ethernet inter-switch connections and be ready for 100 GBE. This allows customers to be confident that their next generation requirements will be met or exceeded.

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