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Extreme Networks, Avaya, and Empire Technologies Deliver Converged Network and IP Telephony for New Jersey Township


With the help of Empire Technologies, the Township of Middletown, New Jersey has deployed converged network and IP telephony solutions from Extreme Networks and Avaya. 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR), and Avaya, a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, today announced that the Township of Middletown, New Jersey, with the help of Avaya Platinum BusinessPartner Empire Technologies, has deployed converged network and IP telephony solutions that allow it to increase consistency of communications, response times and productivity by more than fifty percent.


Middletown, which has a population of about 67,000, is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Many of the Township's municipal buildings, including its main administration building, the department of public works, three parks department buildings, and the Johnson Gill annex, were already networked together. When it implemented IP telephony from Avaya, Middletown also upgraded its network to support its requirements for data, VoIP and related unified communications, and to attain the transmission speed and reliability required for the new, high-performance applications.


"In building a new convergence infrastructure and supporting communications applications, our primary concerns were seamless integration, performance and having a strong relationship and understanding with our vendors," said Todd Costello, IT manager for the Township of Middletown. "With Avaya, Extreme Networks® and Empire Technologies, we satisfied this need. In terms of productivity and response time, we are seeing a 50-75 percent improvement in our staff's response time to vendor calls and inquiries from residents. That adds up, and definitely affects the bottom line in a positive way."


The Township had to support video surveillance, VoIP for phones and traditional applications and its IT staff spent time at the Avaya interoperability lab. After experiencing Extreme Networks and Avaya converged solutions in action, working with it, and realizing the depth of integration for a complete converged network solution, the choice became clear.


"Middletown represents a terrific example of how Extreme Networks and Avaya provide a network foundation and feature-rich communication solutions that positively impact the daily operations for our government customers," said Paul Hooper, chief marketing officer for Extreme Networks. "This results in a dependable converged system able to support their mission critical applications while delivering higher value and greater productivity for employees."


Empire Technologies, which specializes in supporting the integration of advanced voice, video and data, was chosen to bring it all together. "After learning more about what the Township wanted to accomplish, we thought an Extreme data solution was the perfect answer and the Middletown Township team agreed," said Cordell Toson, president and CEO for Empire Technologies.


"To serve our customers and enable them to reap the benefits of IP telephony -- such as improved customer service -- it's important that we integrate with and support product lines from vendors such as Extreme Networks," said Richard O'Hara, director, strategic alliances, Avaya. "Avaya is focused on building a reliable, ubiquitous, secure, open-standards based communication foundation across the variety of networks and technologies that our customers use."


Avaya provided Middletown with an advanced IP telephony solution that features an Avaya S8500 Media Server with industry-leading Avaya Communication Manager, the company's IP telephony platform. The S8500 Media Server is designed for a distributed enterprise over an IP infrastructure. Middletown's network also includes an Avaya G650 Media Gateway, which has the features, scalability, and system uptime that enterprises require for mission-critical telephony applications, and Avaya 4600 Series IP telephones. Middletown is using Avaya Site Administrator software, which is part of Avaya's suite of network administration tools, and the Extreme Network EPICenter® network management application, to monitor and manage its converged network.


Extreme Networks provided Middletown with a consistent converged network solution based on its BlackDiamond® 8800 modular switch and Summit® edge switches. This is boosted with consistent software with advanced security and convergence features. Middletown can specify bandwidth priority, and minimum and maximum bandwidth per traffic group, which enables the creation of policies that guarantee network availability for voice traffic even during times of network congestion. This performance and consistency became significant when Township employees are downloading hefty video files and simultaneously utilizing VoIP.


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®, 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:


About Extreme Networks, Inc.

Extreme Networks 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:


Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including without limitation statements as to features and benefits of the EPICenter, BlackDiamond and Summit products are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date. Because such statements deal with future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties, including network design and actual results of use of the product in different environments. We undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information in this release. Other important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are contained in the Company's 10-Qs and 10-Ks which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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