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ShoreTel and Extreme Networks team up to deliver enterprise network and IP telephony solutions

Companies to provide joint customers with highly reliable, easy-to-use, and high performance data network and VoIP solutions
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VOICECON - ORLANDO, FL. - March 8, 2006 - ShoreTel, Inc., the fastest growing IP PBX company worldwide and a leader in customer satisfaction, and Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), the leader in open converged networks, today announced that the two companies are working together to provide joint customers with a high performing and reliable end-to-end VoIP and data network solution.

The benefits of ShoreTel's award-winning products, including ease of use, best-in-class management, a distributed architecture, and reliability complement Extreme Networks® high performance switching solutions to deliver top-notch voice and data convergence. ShoreTel™ is a new member of Extreme Networks' "Go Purple" technology solutions partnering program. The program enables customers to easily choose industry-proven and interoperable products.

Extreme Networks' products provide network resiliency, availability and security for enterprises including the award-winning BlackDiamond®, Alpine® and Summit® switching solutions. To assist customers with smooth integration, ShoreTel has recently completed interoperability testing with Extreme Networks and was found to work seamlessly with Extreme Networks' voice-class Ethernet switches.

Customers have already deployed ShoreTel phone systems with Extreme Network solutions. One example is International Imaging Materials Inc. (IIMAK), North America's leading manufacturer of thermal transfer ribbons.

"IIMAK wanted to get the benefits of a converged voice/data network while being assured that we had a reliable infrastructure," said Sal Ianello, IIMAK technical services manager. "We chose to deploy ShoreTel's IP telephony system on top of our Extreme Networks data network, which has proven to be a great combination for a highly reliable, easy-to-use and high-performance VoIP solution that delivers greater productivity and flexibility to our users. We have remote locations in foreign countries, and we're able to use ShoreTel's VoIP to do extension-to-extension dialing. We use VLANs to separate data and voice, and we've established a branch-to-branch VPN connection for security. Without Extreme Networks, we wouldn't have been able to implement VoIP as quickly and cost effectively."

"Enterprises want to take advantage of the benefits of an open converged network supporting IP telephony, which improves their productivity and increases their operational flexibility," said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, vice president of marketing for Extreme Networks. "Our relationship with ShoreTel, whose distributed platform integrates seamlessly with Extreme Networks' architecture, provides our joint customers with a winning VoIP solution."

Steve Timmerman, vice president of marketing for ShoreTel, stated, "Assuring reliable and consistent delivery of voice traffic across the data network is the first and most important issue impacting VoIP deployment success. Extreme Networks products provide high-quality voice connections, voice-class availability, robust network security, and simplified network management for the data network infrastructure which allows users to maximize the IP telephony benefits offered by the ShoreTel system."

Extreme Networks, Inc.

Extreme Networks is the leader in open converged networks. Its innovative network architecture provides enterprises and metro service providers with the resiliency, adaptability and simplicity required for a true converged network that supports voice, video and data, over a wired and wireless infrastructure, while delivering high-performance and advanced security features. For more information, please visit

About ShoreTel, Inc.

ShoreTel is the fastest growing IP PBX company worldwide and the leader in customer satisfaction. The company has shipped its groundbreaking solutions since 1998 and continues to outpace the rapidly expanding VoIP market with technological advances and sales that are doubling year over year. ShoreTel voice systems are designed to make businesses smarter, setting new standards for usability and manageability while reducing telecommunications costs. A uniquely distributed architecture extends enterprise-class voice services to every office and outpost, keeping employees fully connected wherever they go. A select, worldwide group of channel partners provide top-notch service and support. For more information, visit or call 1-877-80SHORE

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including without limitation statements as to security, performance, and availability of the Extreme Networks products and the ability to integrate the Extreme Networks products are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date. Because such statements deal with future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties, including network design, actual product performance, and use of the products in different environments and configurations. We undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information in this release. Other important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are contained in the Company's 10-Qs and 10-Ks which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (

Extreme Networks, BlackDiamond, Summit and Alpine are registered trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. ShoreTel is a trademark of ShoreTel, Inc.

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