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Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) Open Fabric Network Solutions Chosen By Falcon Broadband As WAN Service Provider

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Extreme Networks, a technology leader in high-performance Ethernet switching for cloud, data center, and mobile networks, announced today that Falcon Broadband has selected the company's high performance cloud and data center solution as the networking infrastructure to deliver Internet and Wide Area Network (WAN) services to all of Falcon School District 49. The selection has been made in time for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.extr

Falcon School District 49 chose Falcon Broadband to expand and deploy a new Internet and WAN infrastructure integrated with a custom solution designed specifically for efficiency in this Colorado based school district. Falcon Broadband was awarded the contract over four other bidders in February 2013 with construction beginning only a month later in March.

Falcon Broadband is using Extreme Networks Open Fabric solution, which consists of the Summit series switches to support data transfer in the school district's private cloud and public internet access networks. Extreme Networks' cutting-edge switching technology and network design provides the resiliency and protection of a ring configuration, while providing dependable Internet and WAN services.

The project required 15 miles of new fiber to be constructed to connect all 20 of the districts locations into the existing Falcon Broadband network. The construction crew was challenged to hit an aggressive deadline and faced some unexpected delays in the form of tough sandstone rock areas. The ensuing construction delays left nine locations unconnected with only one month to work before the school year started on August 1st. Despite these unfortunate hurdles, Falcon Broadband succeeded in getting all the locations active by the first day of school.

"We require total availability from our new network as we need an infrastructure that scales for thousands of different end-users and thousands of different devices," said Stephanie Wurtz, Public Information Officer for Falcon School District 49. "Our experience with Extreme Networks and Falcon Broadband has been exceptional as the design, delivery and installation of the solution have been completed by the start of the new school year."

Falcon School District 49 consists of nine elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one alternative middle/high school, one online virtual academy, a site for homeschool enrichment, and two administration buildings. Each site received a Gigabit Ethernet WAN connection that will service the 15,000 students for the start of this school year. District 49 also includes several charter schools and offers early childhood programs, special education inclusion, gifted and talented programs, and vocational career academies.

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