Makes you think Extreme created the networking standards!
May 18, 2021

Makes you think Extreme created the networking standards!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Extreme Ethernet Switches

Extreme [Ethernet Switches] are used in all campus buildings for the entire organization. Edge switches are located in each IDF room and then all home run to an Extreme core switch in the main datacenter. The edge switches are in a stack which gives us redundancy. We also power the wireless access points via PoE. Extreme's network policy management allows us to control security access down to the individual port. The switches allow us different configuration options for how we want to implement network security.
  • The core switch performance is top notch.
  • The hardware is long-lasting. You can expect to get at least 7 years life with minimal hardware issues.
  • Extreme has long history and is the bleeding edge of technology advances.
  • They are working on it, but a single console to manage the policies across all switches.
  • For those with a Cisco background, the CLI commands are different with Extreme so you have to get used to that. Nothing necessarily wrong though.
  • If you want a chassis core switch/router then those are becoming less available and won't find many options with Extreme.
  • Stability / Reliability
  • Performance
  • Ease of management
  • Extreme [Ethernet Switches] have a long-life. You can easily get 7 years in main production life depending on when you buy in the product life-cycle.
  • Extreme [Ethernet Switches] are expensive, no doubt, but we also don't have "weird" network problems or other issues with the network randomly going down.
  • If you use fabric connect switches then the ease of managing many switches is of no concern.
I found Aruba equipment to be more expensive than Extreme [Ethernet Switches] and I just was not sold that they would perform better. In my opinion, you are paying a premium for the HPE Aruba brand. We've been using Extreme back when they were called Enterasys. They were pushing network boundaries for years even before Extreme bought them. I think Extreme [Ethernet Switches] are a better quality switch.

Do you think Extreme Ethernet Switches delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Extreme Ethernet Switches's feature set?

Yes

Did Extreme Ethernet Switches live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Extreme Ethernet Switches go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Extreme Ethernet Switches again?

Yes

If you have a big environment with a lot of edge switch needs and department groups, then Extreme's fabric connect can save a lot of management time. If your environment is small then you may want to stick with the traditional model since fabric connect costs more. Also if you make lots of configuration changes all the time then fabric connect will be helpful. Otherwise, making an occasional change you don't need fabric connect.