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Extreme Networks Provides Reliable Connectivity for a Growing Number of Community Colleges
Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 08:13:30 AM

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End-to-End Networking Solutions Help Smaller Higher Education IT Departments Save Budget While Meeting Students' Digital Learning Needs

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) today announced that its software-driven networking solutions continue to support a growing number of community colleges worldwide in providing high-density, reliable network connectivity for students, faculty and staff, despite a reduction in the size of IT departments. Based on a 2015 Campus Computing Survey, community colleges have on average 890 students per one IT person, an overwhelmingly higher ratio of students to IT support compared to other higher education institutions. With Extreme's software-driven networking solutions, community colleges are able to cut costs, make network management easier, and support mobility, personalized learning and other technology-driven initiatives campus-wide.

Over the past year, Extreme has achieved steady growth in acquiring new community college customers worldwide, contributing to its overall higher education vertical business success. Recent community college wins include Alabama Southern Community College, Halifax Community College, College of the Canyons and Southern Union State Community College.

Executive Perspectives

Jonathan Kidwell, Director of Education, Extreme Networks "Tight budgets and limited IT personnel require community colleges to do more with less while offering the latest technology that will support today's digital classrooms. With high-performing end-to-end networking solutions, students, faculty and staff win with reliable connectivity that does not hinder learning. We look forward to continuing to expand our partnerships with community colleges around the world in deploying leading solutions that will improve campus learning environments."

Will Booker, IT Director, Alabama Southern Community College "By replacing Cisco switches with Extreme Networks, we've been able to provide ample bandwidth for our expanding BYOD landscape due to recent campus growth. Additionally, ExtremeManagement™ has helped Alabama Southern cut costs by making network management easier and more efficient from one centralized location for our small IT staff. We're able to meet our end users' needs and nothing can beat Extreme's price and performance."

Jerry Thompson, Network Manager, Halifax Community College "Leveraging Extreme Networks' superior customer support services and switch product line, I've been able to easily manage network activity independently for over 1,500 students. We can't afford network downtime and the simplicity and reliability of Extreme's solutions has eliminated network issues for the college. With Extreme, we know the network will always work."

James Temple, Vice President of Technology, College of the Canyons "Due to the reliability of ExtremeSwitching™, our small network staff is not forced to spend valuable time managing network issues. Extreme Networks' products outperform other vendors and allow us to move beyond troubleshooting. We've now been able to focus on developing innovative ways to improve the learning experience for our students and embrace new technology trends."

Cheryl Jordan, Director of MIS, Southern Union State Community College "The installation of ExtremeWireless™ has made the network faster, allowing access anywhere at any time across our four campuses. This has satisfied the needs of students and faculty, especially in Southern Union's Health Sciences department where testing is critical for the students' success. With Extreme Networks, the wireless network is no longer a hassle and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them."

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