Back in March, I wrote a blog post about Extreme Networks new positioning around mobility. This was a very bold move for Extreme considering they are best known as a wired switching vendor. However, the repositioning of the company is consistent with Yankee Group’s vision of mobility being redefined, with the wired network playing a key role in that redefinition.
This week, Extreme announced the expansion of their product line introducing the “Ethernet Access Switch” (EAS) to deliver cost effective access for corporate networks. The concept of the EAS is similar to the concept of a wireless access point. That is a company would build a robust network with a rock solid core and LAN edge and then extend the network to an access edge for the various devices to attach to. Because of the impact of consumerization, much of the focus of building an access edge has been on building a wireless access edge but there are still millions of devices that connect over the wired network. The best way to think about it is that organizations will use wireless APs to build out their wireless access edge and EAS switches for their wired access edge.