Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Extreme Networks Automates IP Handset Provisioning

Automatic port provisioning should reduce operation costs by reducing manual configuration and the potential problems with fat-fingering a configuration. A single policy can be defined and tested before rolling it out enterprise-wide. Further, Extreme Networks' Universal Port supports multiple device policies on a single port. For example, an Avaya IP Phone and a desktop connected to the Ethernet port on the phone will receive their own port policies, independent of one another. Extreme also is trying to build a community similar to the open-source model where organizations develop their own profiles and share them. Extreme will, from time to time, test and redistribute some or all of the user-submitted policies under a royalty-free license. Building community is a difficult task and Extreme must develop the tools--like a Wiki--around which a community can develop and grow.

Mike Fratto
NWC Technology Editor

Extreme Networks launched new software this week at VoiceCon 2007 that it says will eliminate much of the manual labor associated with provisioning new IP phones.

Extreme's new Handset Provisioning Module automatically finds newly activated IP handsets, configures the new phones and provisions the appropriate network resources to support the new devices. It is used along with Extreme's Universal Port software, which provides a connection-management framework to configure switches in response to changing network conditions.

  • 1