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Extreme Networks plunks $180M down on Enterasys

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(s extr) 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(s csc). 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.”

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