What Extreme’s String of Networking Acquisitions Means for Enterprises

Extreme Networks has been on a roll lately, purchasing Avaya’s networking business, Brocade’s networking assets, and Zebra Technologies’ wireless portfolio. What could this mean for enterprise customers? In the short term, probably nothing – all current products will continue to be supported. However, as with any acquisition, there will inevitably be consolidation of product lines, and the discontinuing of others. Many industry analysts believe that the mergers will be beneficial, with Avaya’s strengths in campus environments complementing Extreme’s focus on campus deployments, and Zebra’s wireless security and managed services helped plug some holes in Extreme’s portfolio. At this point, only time will tell how successful the merger is, but Extreme may be good to consider for your next hardware refresh.