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EXTREME NETWORKS REACHES NUMBER ONE FOR LAYER 3 LAN SWITCHING.

Extreme Networks has the number one market position for overall Layer 3 LAN switch ports.

According to a report by Dell'Oro Group, the emerging networking and communications company has surpassed Bay Networks, 3Com, Cabletron and Cisco to dominate this vital market segment. Extreme was also the leader in Gigabit ports for the quarter.

"Extreme's rapid rise to the leading spot reflects customer demand for cohesive Layer 3 enterprise solutions," said Gordon Stitt, Extreme's president and CEO. "Our leading the market with almost 25 percent demonstrates how we've delivered on our promise to provide networking solutions that reduce cost and complexity and enable our customers to focus on running their businesses."

Extreme achieved the worldwide number one position for Layer 3 LAN switch ports shipping only its stackable Summit LAN switches for a year. "We just began shipping our new BlackDiamond chassis-based system at the end of the quarter, and based on positive customer response, we anticipate our numbers to continue increasing and for us to maintain market leadership," said Stitt.

The Q398 Shared Hub and LAN Switch report was released by the Dell'Oro Group. The report covers all manufacturers in the Layer 3 switch market, including Cisco, 3Com, Bay Networks, Cabletron, Lucent and others.

Extreme's Industry Leading Solutions

Extreme owns and develops its own silicon, the Summit Chipset. Its custom ASICs are tuned to deliver 100 percent of the multigigabit performance available on the switch regardless of the network speed and without congestion or packet loss. This allows for routing of IP traffic at wire speed on all switch ports -- offering true routing that utilizes industry standards but at speeds never before seen.

The Extreme Networks family of enterprise LAN switching systems:

-- BlackDiamond 6800 -- chassis-based Gigabit Ethernet Layer-3 switch

-- Summit Virtual Chassis -- core switch

-- Summit1 -- core switch

-- Summit2 -- segment switch

-- Summit4 -- integrated server switch

-- Summit24 -- enterprise desktop switch

-- Summit48 -- enterprise desktop switch

-- SummitGbx -- metropolitan and service provider networks

Extreme created and established the Enterprise Desktop Switch with its introduction of the Summit48. Enterprise Desktop Switches provide high performance at the edge of the network at the cost of desktop switch. The Summit24 is the second switch in this popular new switch category.

All Extreme switches include the standards-based ExtremeWare software suite that supports a multitude of enterprise-class routing and management features. ExtremeWare's Policy-Based quality of Service allows for control of the network based on the type of application and traffic. The suite includes, ExtremeWare Vista -- for browser-based box-by-box management; and ExtremeWare Enterprise Manager, for system wide management.

Extreme Networks is leading the Third Wave of LAN Switching and holds 23.5 percent of the Layer 3 LAN switching market (Dell'Oro Group). Extreme designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-performance networking systems based on Gigabit Ethernet.

To help companies migrate existing LANs to the extreme requirements of today's intranets, Extreme offers its family of Summit LAN switches, BlackDiamond chassis-based switch and ExtremeWare software to scale speed, bandwidth, network size and quality of service from the desktop to the network core.

Extreme Networks is headquartered at 10460 Bandley Drive, Cupertino, Calif., 95014.

For more information, call 408/863-2963.
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