In a bid to gird for battle with bigger networking rivals Extreme Networks is buying Enterasys for $180 million.
The acquisition is all about gaining critical mass: In a statement, Extreme Networks said the companies’ revenue will be about double that of either company alone. Extreme logged about $322 million in revenue for its last fiscal year.
Enterasys, based in Salem, N.H., which spun off from Cabletron in 2001, makes the building blocks of networks — routers, switches, wifi access points and management software.
That’s a tough market with huge competitors, including Cisco. The game plan, according to San Jose-based Extreme is to extend its ExtremeXOS network operating system to add features from Enterasys network operating systems and ”fully support both hardware platforms.”