Extreme will keep expanding

Extreme_(_Extreme_album_-_cover_art)Extreme Networks will continue its buying frenzy even after it completes its Avaya and Brocade deals.

The company is close to snapping up Avaya’s networking business for £77.5 million, after being named the preferred bidder in March, which triggered a stalking horse bidders process.

The acquisition is part of a trio of Extreme deals, with the vendor acquiring Zebra’s wireless LAN arm and expecting to complete a deal for Brocade’s networking business in August.

But the company said that its acquisition spree is far from over and did not rule out further additions this year.

An Extreme spokesperson said that the company was continuing to shore up its portfolio as part of a scaling process where size means everything.

The company is eying companies in the switching space and tangential capabilities to strengthen areas that its partner want to deliver.

Extreme expects Brocade and Avaya will see Extreme double its customer base and partner base.

Extreme’s partner programme is fairly lucrative and the company wants to expand that to onboard the partners because it thinks there is an opportunity to expand its  footprint.

Avaya partners should be reassured after an uncertain few months, the company spokesman said.

There is some relief that the technology is going to a networking company and there’s a feeling that the uncertainty is all over.