I too have been hearing such rumors for sometime now. I wonder where these ideas actually start from. Good that Moore has actually made it known publicly as “just a rumor”! 🙂
Extreme Networks’ regional chief Chris Moore slammed channel rumours that the networking specialist has, or will be, acquired by Juniper Networks. The statement comes after speculation in the local channel mounted following claims by networking solution providers that Extreme, which recently re-entered the Saudi market after several years of inactivity, would soon be in the hands of fellow networking giant Juniper.
Extreme, a market leader in the Layer 3 Ethernet Gigabit switch segment, has been winning plaudits of late in the Saudi channel, both with its commitment to re-engage with partners and customers, as well as with its renowned networking solutions. Despite all of the hard work put in, Extreme Networks has on a worldwide level been dropping market share to rivals. While a deal may make sense to market watchers – both Juniper and Extreme have been partners in the networking space for a number of years – Moore has confirmed that Extreme is, and will remain independent for the foreseeable future.
“We hear these rumours from time to time and I want to emphatically state that we will continue to work as Extreme and as no one else. Me and my team will continue to work with our partners in Saudi Arabia to build up our market share and serve our customers,” said Moore.
With its local team re-energized by a number of new appointments, Extreme is picking up speed in the Kingdom. Moore’s team has been identifying a number of network specialists, mainly disgruntled Cisco partners, with whom to build a solid foundation for growth. While Extreme’s size may not rival that of others such as Cisco, with the best of breed solutions on offer and more channel touch work to boot, Extreme is looking at solid growth in the Kingdom this year.