SUNNYVALE, CA, March 28, 2007 - ShoreTel, Inc., Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR), and ShoreTel, Inc., a leading provider of IP telephony solutions, have provided a high performance, converged data and voice network and IP telephony infrastructure for Oklahoma's Claremore School District.
The Claremore School District supports more than six schools and 5,000 students and staff. At the onset of its technology refresh and vendor selection process, the district formulated the objective to consolidate the management of its applications into one network and plan for the support of converged communications in the future. The district wanted to obtain the latest generation of Ethernet switching technology to support its data, and to then replace an antiquated phone system, consisting of several varieties of small PBX phone systems, and lastly, to gain rich and robust network management.
Claremore School District selected the combination of Extreme Networks® and ShoreTel for its converged data and voice infrastructure. This met the district's need to expand a single phone system to multiple buildings and migrate away from outdated equipment. It also enabled the replacement of an expensive and cumbersome voicemail system.
"ShoreTel and Extreme Networks have combined to provide the performance, availability and productivity enhancing features that are essential for the everyday needs of our school district," said Terry Simpson, director of technology for the Claremore School District. "With our new technology foundation in place, we have centralized many of our applications and provided a powerful phone system that is easy to use and requires little ongoing maintenance."
Claremore School chose Extreme Networks for its Ethernet network foundation due to the high performance and reliability of Extreme Networks BlackDiamond® and Summit® switches. This is complemented with integrated and simple-to-use network management. With the new network infrastructure in place, business processes such as financial activities are centralized and carried out on a Gigabit attached server. The library application is centralized and supported by the network on a 24/7 basis. And employee time clocks are now dispersed so that an employee can clock-in from any point in the buildings.
"School districts need phone systems that provide powerful features that are easy to use for their staff, yet require little ongoing management time and effort," said Steve Timmerman, vice president of marketing at ShoreTel. "ShoreTel's strength in these areas makes our solution particularly well-suited for school systems."
"The Claremore School District signifies how organizations are preparing their networks and migrating to IP telephony with a best-of-breed approach," said Scott Lucas, senior director of marketing solutions for Extreme Networks. "Our work with ShoreTel creates the full featured network and converged voice system that is ideal for cost-effectively serving thousands of students and staff."
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel is a leading provider of IP telephony solutions worldwide. ShoreTel voice systems provide enterprise customers with a number of key benefits, including ease of use, manageability and lower total cost of ownership than alternative solutions. ShoreTel's distributed software architecture and switched-based hardware platform extend enterprise-class voice services to every office and outpost, keeping employees fully connected wherever they go. Founded in 1996, ShoreTel has achieved broad industry recognition for its technology and high customer satisfaction. For the last three years, IT executives surveyed by Nemertes Research, an independent research firm, have rated ShoreTel highest in customer satisfaction among leading enterprise telecommunications systems providers. A select, worldwide group of channel partners provide service and support. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and has regional offices in the United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit http://www.shoretel.com/ or call 1-877-80SHORE.
Extreme Networks, Inc.
Extreme Networks designs, builds, and installs Ethernet infrastructure solutions that solve the toughest business communications challenges. Our commitment to open networking sets us apart from the alternatives by delivering meaningful insight and unprecedented control to applications and services. We believe openness is the best foundation for growth, freedom, flexibility, and choice. We focus on enterprises and service providers who demand high performance, converged networks that support voice, video and data, over a wired and wireless infrastructure. </