Extreme adds network fabric support to its SD-WAN

Extreme Networks has added network fabric capabilities to its flagship SD-WAN platform to enable customers to link and manage distributed resources more securely.

Additional enhancements to the ExtremeCloud SD-WAN platform include improved automated workflows and direct connectivity to cloud systems such as Microsoft Azure and AWS.

“The overarching idea is to help customers more effectively connect distributed sites, especially the smaller branch office, without increasing optical or management overhead,” said Rob Hull, product marketing director at Extreme. “For the smaller sites, especially, with maybe no IT person or few, it gives them the big-site quality-of-service feel and big-site centralized management capability.”

ExtremeCloud SD-WAN is based on technology the vendor acquired from Ipanema in 2022. The SD-WAN platform is designed to deliver workloads and applications securely across conventional wide-area networks and multicloud service providers. It can automatically adjust application traffic flows based on real-time network conditions, which increases performance and improves quality of service for end users, Extreme stated. The package is centrally managed by the vendor’s cloud-based ExtremeCloud IQ system.

New to the ExtremeCloud SD-WAN package is support for the vendor’s Fabric Connect technology, which lets customers automate discovery and configuration of fabric-enabled switches and access points. With this integration, customers can more easily extend connectivity to new sites while keeping costs low and improving security, visibility and application performance, Hull said.

“In order to do this connectivity today, customers are typically using some sort of metro fiber solution they have little control over. But it’s generally

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