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Extreme debuts cloud-based unified manager app

Extreme debuts a cloud-based unified manager app for its wired and wireless products, while ExtraHop focuses on branches with new appliance.

A roundup of some of the news from last week's Interop in Las Vegas.

Extreme adds cloud management for switches, APs

Extreme Networks Inc. released cloud-based management software to enable companies to oversee both their wired and wireless infrastructures through a single console.

ExtremeCloud permits unified management of the company's 3805 802.11ac Wave 1 access points, and its x440-G2 access and x620 edge switches. The unified manager platform complements Extreme's on-premises unified application.

The management platform is engineered with zero-touch provisioning, enabling customers to configure and activate wired and wireless devices without manual intervention.

Cloud-based management of wired and wireless devices is gaining traction as enterprises look for ways to simplify their oversight of network components. A number of Extreme rivals -- most recently, Aerohive Networks and Dell -- have introduced similar unified manager applications. But Mike Leibovitz, director of the office of the CTO at Extreme, based in San Jose, Calif., said the experience Extreme has gained in the years since it first began offering a unified management product will help it stand apart from competitors.

"We've been doing this since 2008," he said, adding that ExtremeCloud provides tighter integration and control over devices than hybrid or stitched-together approaches offered by other companies.

ExtraHop rolls out appliance for branch offices

ExtraHop Networks introduced a new wire data analysis appliance, this one geared to branch offices, retail locations and other remote sites.

The EDA 1100, available now, relies on deep packet inspection to create real-time analytics of all data traversing across a network. The new box comes preconfigured and is easily installed without the need for IT personnel on-site, said Matt Cauthorn, vice president of system engineering at ExtraHop, based in Seattle. "It extends all of the capabilities of data analysis to the branch," he said.

At the same time, ExtraHop said it expanded support for public cloud environments, adding Microsoft Azure to its existing Amazon Web Services product. This functionality is especially valuable to branch offices, which are using more cloud-based applications and services.

Finally, ExtraHop made it easier for customers to deploy more sophisticated graphics and charts to monitor traffic, and it added support for a number of protocols, including POP3, VXLAN and Network Virtualization Using Generic Routing Encapsulation.

ExtraHop last year significantly upgraded its network performance monitoring platform to give users more insight into the data they collect.

Cisco dominates Best of Interop

Cisco dominated the Best of Interop Awards at the 2016 show, as the vendor's products captured the top spot in four of the 10 award categories.

Cisco was recognized in the networking, data center, security and mobility categories. Startup AppFormix, based in San Jose, Calif., received the top award for its cloud optimization software.

The winners include the following:

Applications: CollabNet -- TeamForge

Best Startup: AppFormix

Cloud/Virtualization: AppFormix

Data Center: Cisco -- Nexus Fabric Manager

Mobility/wireless: Cisco -- Flexible Radio Assignment

Networking: Cisco -- Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization

Performance/Management/Monitoring: Pluribus -- VCF Insight Analytics

SDN: VMware -- NSX 6.2

Security: Cisco -- FirePower NGFW

Storage: ADSP -- Mars 200

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