CMP Technology's Interop® Las Vegas 2007 Powered by Extreme Networks for Eighth Straight Year

Extreme Networks Named Premier Network Hardware Provider for InteropNet

May 3, 2007

Interop® Las Vegas 2007, produced by CMP Technology, today announced that Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) will be the premier network hardware provider of the InteropNet event network for the eighth consecutive year. The complete list of InteropNet participants was also announced. Interop Las Vegas 2007 will be held May 20-25 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. For a complete schedule of all educational sessions, keynote addresses and participating exhibitors, please visit

The InteropNet network must support a wide range of applications and connectivity services, including voice, video and data for thousands of demanding attendees and sponsoring exhibitors who look to Interop to demonstrate the pinnacle of business IT performance and integration.

To achieve this, the InteropNet will use Extreme Networks' leading-edge network infrastructure running on the modular and extensible ExtremeXOS™ network operating system. The InteropNet will leverage best-in-class security solutions and scalable and resilient Ethernet switching from Extreme Networks' award-winning BlackDiamond® and Summit® platforms. These solutions work together to smoothly handle all voice, video and data applications throughout the event while protecting the infrastructure from outside threats.

The InteropNet is built in collaboration with leading vendors and hand- selected products that are ready to meet the ultimate networking challenge. The InteropNet is implemented as a two-tier network, with a 10 Gigabit core featuring Extreme Networks' BlackDiamond® switches and Summit stackable switches that provide support for IP Telephony with Power over Ethernet in conjunction with redundant hardware features that deliver increased availability at the edge.

"Extreme Networks takes pride in being selected again to build the backbone and edge of the InteropNet, a unique network that truly demonstrates the latest advances in the industry," said Paul Hooper, vice president of marketing for Extreme Networks. "Our network solutions work seamlessly with components from other vendors to deliver the insight and control that is necessary to create a predictable, high performance and secure infrastructure that everyone can rely upon."

"Year after year, the InteropNet is designed and built via the collaboration of the industry's most resourceful and dynamic network professionals, providing attendees with a functional demonstration of networking excellence," said Lenny Heymann, Interop General Manager. "This year's hand-selected list of distinguished participants will ensure that Interop continues to lead the industry in network innovation, even in the face of changing business practices."

Interop Las Vegas attendees will have the opportunity to take free, engineer-led tours of the InteropNet throughout the exhibition and gain a practical, behind-the-scenes view. Tours start at the InteropNet Network Operations Center (NOC) and are scheduled to run at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23; and at 11:00 am only, Thursday, May 24.

The complete list of hand-selected vendors involved in building InteropNet includes:

  -- Extreme Networks -- Official Network Hardware Provider
  -- Alcatel-Lucent -- Network Connectivity
  -- APC -- Power and Out-of-Band Management
  -- Avaya -- VoIP Solutions
  -- Avocent -- Management Solutions
  -- BlueCat Networks -- IP Management Solutions
  -- Citrix Systems, Inc. -- Application Delivery
  -- cPacket Networks -- Hardware Sub-system Inspection
  -- Divitas -- Enterprise Mobile Convergence
  -- Fluke Networks -- Network Testing, Monitoring and Analysis
  -- Gigamon Systems -- Data Access Solutions
  -- Ixia -- IP Testing
  -- Juniper Networks -- High Performance IP Routing
  -- LifeSize -- High Definition Video Communications
  -- Netreo -- Network and Server Management
  -- Network General -- IT Management Solutions
  -- Network Physics -- Route Analytics
  -- Nortel -- End-to-End Network Communications and Security
  -- Qwest -- Converged Broadband Network
  -- Server Technology -- Intelligent Power Distribution
  -- SpectraLink -- Enterprise Mobile Communications
  -- Splunk -- Data Center Management
  -- Statseeker -- Network Monitoring Tools
  -- Xirrus -- High Performance Wi-Fi

The InteropNet will fuel the InteropLabs, the world's only real-time live interoperability test bed for the latest networking technologies. The InteropLabs will showcase the latest solutions to real engineering challenges in a live, vendor-neutral, standards-based arena and will focus this year on two primary initiatives: Network Access Control and VoIP security and integration. The InteropLabs give attendees the opportunity to test-drive new products and technologies based on performance, not marketing claims.

For over 20 years, Interop has held a unique place in the IP infrastructure markets, and is now North America's single largest business IT event. Interop has fostered the innovation that has fueled the revolution and evolution in IP networking, and is the event where business IT agenda for the next three to five years will be set. As end users continue to bring consumer technologies such as mobile devices, photo/video tools, social networking and other "Web 2.0" services into the enterprise, Interop will continue to show IT organizations how to deal with changing business practices while overcoming their business challenges. Additional information on Interop Las Vegas, including registration information, is available online at

About Interop®

For 22 years, Interop®, part of the CMP Technology family of global brands, has helped IT and business decision-makers bring together the key components of a solid information strategy to drive efficiency and competitive advantage for their organizations. As business continues to drive the adoption of technology, and the converged network is creating new advantages, an emerging "IP for business" philosophy has woven itself into the fabric of business process applications that will be on display at Interop 2007 global events. Through in-depth educational programs, workshops, real-world demonstrations and live technology implementations in its unique InteropNet and InteropLabs programs, Interop® provides the forum for the most powerful innovations and solutions the industry has to offer. 2007 Interop events include Interop Las Vegas, May 20-25, Mandalay Bay Convention Center; Interop Moscow, May 30-31, Forum Hall; Interop Tokyo, June 11-15, Mukahari Messe; Interop New York, October 22-26, Javits Convention Center; and Interop Berlin, November 6-8, Fairground Berlin. For more information about these events, visit

About CMP Technology

CMP Technology ( is a marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

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