Extreme Networks acquires Enterasys – Comparison

The Acquisition

Its official, Extreme Networks has acquired Enterasys Networks. We have lots of Enterasys gear, so we were highly interested to know the path that would be taken after the acquisition. At first, I couldn’t help think if the acquisition was a play for Enterasys patents. However, that’s just pure speculation. We were informed by product management that all existing products would continue to follow the current end of support and end of life cycle, so that’s good news.

Overall, I think that the acquisition will be pretty positive. The current Extreme Networks profile was missing things that Enterasys offered such as their highly customized L2-L4 policy and NAC integration. Extreme also looks like they OEM Motorola wireless and Enterasys has their own wireless portfolio.

The biggest plus will be the extension of the switching/routing lineup. Enterasys had a small gap in their WAN solution. We discovered this when we were looking for a smaller port density WAN 1-10G BGP/OSPF capable router. Extreme networks fills that gap and I’m sure there are many more compliments that I haven’t mentioned.

Extreme Networks overview

The Summit x460 series would have fit the ticket as a smaller device we were looking for when we were planning to replace our old Juniper M7i tank. However, we ended up purchasing a few brocade icx-6610’s. This was a few months back before we heard of the acquisition.

Here’s the lineup of what the current offering looks like from a few vendors that would have meet our requirements at that time:

Vendor

Extreme Summit x460

Brocade icx-6610

Enterasys SSA

10/100/100BASE-T Ports

24 or 48

24 or 48

48

Max 10G

2 or 4 or 6 total (modules)

8 total (lic to unlock)

4

40G

2(summit stacking module)

4(stacking only)

na

Form Factor

Fixed/1RU

Fixed/1RU

Fixed/1RU

Stacking Support

yes

yes

yes

Redundant power

yes/hot swap

yes/hot swap

yes/hot swap

Routing – BGP4

yes (lic to unlock)

yes(lic to unlock)

yes(lic to unlock)

Each vendor may have more of a product lineup, for instance Enterasys does have a 1-Slot chassis S-Series that can provide more options. However we were trying to keep costs down and the move up to the 1-slot chassis increases costs. There are other vendors out there such as Juniper, HP, and Dell as well. Each has its ups and downs. The Enterasys SSA is built with custom ASICs and some other vendors typically carry the Broadcom chipset. Switching capacity was left out due to the fact that each vendor spec sheet may not compare equally. You can find more details with the links provided below:

http://www.enterasys.com/company/literature/s-ds.pdf

http://www.brocade.com/products/all/switches/product-details/icx-6610-switch/specifications.page

http://www.extremenetworks.com/libraries/products/MSComparisonChart_1636.pdf

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