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Extreme Networks High Performance Network Helps the State of North Dakota to Help Save Time and Resources With Task Automation

October 15, 2008

Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) today announced that the State of North Dakota selected a converged network based upon Extreme Networks award-winning Ethernet networking solutions. The configuration, operations and management of the Local Area Network switch infrastructure and the LAN connected edge devices will be simplified through automation intelligence — a feature of the ExtremeXOS(R) operating system — that will reduce the daily burden on its staff.

North Dakota’s IT infrastructure serves all K-12 districts, higher-education and state and local government entities and must therefore be optimized for efficiency and scalable operations while serving the needs of diverse end-user communities. North Dakota is in the process of rebuilding its network and communication infrastructure, migrating from TDM technology to a full Ethernet/IP infrastructure, and they were seeking a comprehensive network solution that would deliver the performance, reliability and resiliency required to support all applications and services.

To aid with the management of remote locations, Extreme Networks Universal Port feature allows for the network infrastructure to ‘self-administer’ configuration changes when devices are connected, moved or disconnected. This is a major stride forward for the state which until now used manual configuration changes to support any adds, moves or changes within the network.

“Extreme Networks provides a solid network and furthermore will help us save money with the administrative aspect of running the network while ensuring that convergence devices are easily supported for users,” said Glen Rutherford, chief network architect for the State of North Dakota. “The unique capabilities of the ExtremeXOS software operating system, such as Universal Port, are uniquely progressive and practical. We certainly want to take advantage of this functionality as we expand upon the converged services that we support.”

North Dakota selected Extreme Networks BlackDiamond(R) 8800 modular switches and Summit(R) X250, X350 and X450 switches, proving connectivity from 10/100 to 10 Gigabit speeds, for the converged edge. Additional benefits of the network include Extreme Networks’ EAPS technology that offers protection to fiber links should they be cut or interrupted, providing sub-50 millisecond services recovery.

About Extreme Networks, Inc.

Extreme Networks provides converged Ethernet networks that support data, voice and video for enterprises and service providers. The company’s network solutions feature high performance and high availability switching that deliver insight and control enabling customers to solve their real-world business communications challenges. Operating in more than 50 countries, Extreme Networks provides wired and wireless secure LANs, data center infrastructure and Service Provider Ethernet transport solutions that are complemented by global, 24×7 service and support. For more information, visit: http://www.extremenetworks.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including without limitation statements as to features and benefits of ExtremeXOS and Universal Port, BlackDiamond and Summit products are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date. Because such statements deal with future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties, including network design and actual results of use of the product in different environments. We undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information in this release. Other important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are contained in the Company’s 10-Qs and 10-Ks which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. http://www.sec.gov

Copyright 2008 Extreme Networks Inc. All rights reserved. Extreme Networks, ExtremeXOS, BlackDiamond and Summit are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 For more information, contact: Extreme Networks Public Relations Greg Cross (408) 579 3483 Email Contact

SOURCE: Extreme Networks, Inc.




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