Extreme Networks buys Brocade's data centre business

The purchase will help Extreme build up its wireless networking portfolio

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Extreme Networks has completed its acquisition of Brocade's data centre business, allowing the networking business to offer its own ready-built data centre system with the help of the latter's switching, routing and analytics products.

The acquisition mean Extreme can extend its reach in the wireless networking space and make the firm a $1 billion business - the biggest pure-play network vendor in terms of revenues.

"This is an exciting day for Extreme as we have now significantly strengthened our position in the expanding high-end data centre market with the industry leading solution for enterprise customers," said Ed Meyercord, president and CEO of Extreme Networks.

"Through a series of synergistic acquisitions, Extreme is now a top player in the enterprise networking industry and expects to generate over $1 billion in annual revenues. Today's announcement is not only a significant milestone for our growth strategy, but it also allows us to assist more customers around the globe with end-to-end software-driven solutions to drive their digital transformation initiatives."

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Products moving across to Extreme include Brocade's  SLX, VDX, MLX, CES, CER products and its Workflow Composer and Automation suites. It will also take onboard much of the company's staff and customer relationships, meaning it can continue its aggressive growth strategy.

Extreme explained the purchase would benefit businesses across sectors, including those in the education, hospitality, healthcare, retail, transportation and logistics, manufacturing and public sector verticals.

"Extreme's commitment to build on the innovation and momentum that we have achieved, including a completely refreshed data centre portfolio over the past year, will provide our new and existing customers and partners with business continuity that enables them to accelerate digital transformation," added Nabil Bukhari, vice president of Extreme's (and ex-Brocade) data centre business.

"Extreme and Brocade are excited to work closely together through the integration process to ensure a smooth transition and our world-class data centre team is excited to have joined the Extreme family."

Earlier this year, Extreme acquired Zebra Technologies' WLAN business and Avaya's networking business.

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