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INDUSTRY NEWS Extreme Networks launches first fully-automated secure networking solution for campus environments Extreme Networks has unveiled Extreme Automated Campus, which it describes as a cost effective alternative to ‘out- dated traditional networking solutions’ that delivers plug-and- play simplicity and true business agility. The solution has been launched within two months of Extreme closing on its acquisition of Avaya’s networking business, and combines Avaya’s Fabric Connect infrastructure, Extreme’s Extreme Management Centre and Extreme’s support services. With more than 1,500 unique deployments, spanning every industry, Dan Dulac, vice president, product management and solution strategy at Extreme Networks, said Fabric Connect has been proven to deliver 11x faster time to service, 7x faster mean time to repair and provide a 100% reduction in outages as a result of human error. With this launch, Extreme wired and wireless edge products have been integrated into the Fabric Connect architecture. Additionally, Avaya’s networking portfolio has been integrated into Extreme Management Centre. Also available are two new fabric enabled hardware platforms for 10/40/ 100 Gigabits per second aggregation and core networking. The first is the VSP 8600, an innovative small 7RU form factor core chassis with over 21Tbps of switching capacity. The other is the VSP 8404C, a 2RU modular core form factor with four pluggable slots providing for highly flexible deployment options. Dan said, ‘We developed Extreme Automated Campus to give both Avaya and Extreme customers the best of both worlds by providing a leading end-to-end software-driven solution from the core to the wired/wireless edge – and in this case, an automated, secure, policy-enabled campus architecture that is easy to manage.’ For further information visit: www.extremenetworks.com ADVA Optical Networking scoops 2017 Telecoms World Award for vendor innovation ADVA Optical Networking has announced that its Ensemble Connector has won the 2017 Telecoms World Award for vendor innovation. Ensemble Connector, the high-performance software hosting platform for virtual network functions (VNFs), was recognised at the winners’ ceremony in Dubai for its openness and simplicity. Prayson Pate, CTO, Ensemble Division at ADVA Optical Networking, said the company has already been successfully deployed in a number of CSP networks, including Verizon’s new universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) offering. Prayson said, ‘What makes us stand out is that we offer CSPs the opportunity to leverage virtualisation, automation and orchestration as tools to create, activate and assure dynamic new services. ‘As we continue to innovate with cloud-native networking solutions, it’s exciting to see that a panel of independent analysts recognises the powerful network transformation that comes with deploying our NFV technology.’ Software AG launches Cumulocity IoT Software AG has continued its IoT innovation drive with the launch of an extended Cumulocity IoT technology portfolio for cloud-based IoT platform services enablement. Wolfram Jost, chief technology officer at Software AG, said Cumulocity IoT will address today’s market demand for easy, fast, and scalable IoT solutions to support enterprises of all sizes, regardless of the level of sophistication of their IoT requirements. Recent market research shows that whereas nearly 90% of executives surveyed feel the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is critical to their companies’ success, only 16% have a comprehensive IIoT roadmap. Wolfram said, ‘The new Cumulocity IoT portfolio addresses this gap by offering self-service IoT solutions to enable organisations to develop their own IoT applications and solutions. Supporting customers, partners and suppliers through innovative, collaborative digital business models and ‘smart’ IoT products and services is the driving force behind Software AG’s portfolio strategy. ‘Cumulocity IoT is unique in that it provides enterprises with the ability to very quickly start limited scale, cloud- based IoT projects and, as their sophistication grows, be confident to build IoT platform and IoT services that will grow effortlessly with them.’ For further information visit: www.softwareag.com For further information visit: www.advaoptical.com September 2017 | 7