Avaya Completes Transition of Its Ethernet Switching Product Lines to Extreme Networks

    Customers gain proven network solutions as they transition from Avaya
    Cajun(R) local network switches to high performance solutions from Extreme

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Jan. 24 /CNW/ -- Avaya, a leading global provider of
business communications applications, systems and services, today announced
that it is working with its global partner Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:  
EXTR) to provide a transition path for its customers who have installed the
Avaya Cajun(R) line of Ethernet switches and plan to upgrade their converged
network infrastructure.
    Avaya is recommending the Extreme Networks BlackDiamond(R) and Summit(R)
Ethernet switches to its customers as the Avaya Cajun family of switches
approach end-of-sale status.  Ethernet switches are typically used to
accommodate the bandwidth required for advanced applications in IP telephony,
security and wireless local area networks.
    "Avaya has been integrating and supporting the Extreme Networks product
lines   worldwide in its Intelligent Communications solutions for more than
four years," said Simon Woollett, vice president, Converged Communications
Division, Avaya. "It's only natural that Extreme would be Avaya's preferred
offer for our customers who want to transition from Avaya's Cajun switches."
    "Together, Avaya and Extreme Networks provide the right combination of
intelligent features, performance, proven interoperability and management
integration, making for a solid convergence solution," said Douglas Murray,
vice president and general manager for Extreme Networks' Volume Products
Group.  "Our ExtremeXOS(TM) based BlackDiamond and Summit switches offer
Avaya's customers the right foundation for voice, video and data."
    Extreme Networks provides comprehensive Ethernet switching product lines
that are well proven in the market to support Avaya's broad portfolio of
communication products.   These solutions and support services can be
purchased by customers from Avaya and its BusinessPartners in market segments
that include education, government, manufacturing, entertainment, media,
retail and financial services.
    About Avaya
    Avaya delivers Intelligent Communications solutions that help companies
transform their businesses to achieve marketplace advantage. More than 1
million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE
500(R), use Avaya solutions for IP Telephony, Unified Communications, Contact
Centers and Communications-Enabled Business Processes. Avaya Global Services
provides comprehensive service and support for companies, small to large. For
more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com
    About Extreme Networks
    Extreme Networks, Inc. designs, builds, and installs Ethernet
infrastructure solutions that solve the toughest business communications
challenges. The Company's commitment to open networking sets it apart from the
alternatives by delivering meaningful insight and unprecedented control to
applications and services. Extreme Networks believes openness is the best
foundation for growth, freedom, flexibility, and choice. Extreme Networks
focuses on enterprises and service providers who demand high performance,
converged networks that support voice, video and data, over a wired and
wireless infrastructure.  For more information, visit:

For further information:

For further information: Barbara Burgess, Avaya, +1-908-953-3348, 
barbarab@avaya.com Web Site: http://www.avaya.com                 

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