An ‘agile’ approach to development is often very rapid and adaptable, and Cloud Innovation is best served using such a methodology. As a partner of Extreme Networks, we’re (sometimes) frightened of the pace of development, and I’m also aware of the suspicion that comes with such fast-paced development:
“How can you possibly introduce 50 new features to the platform in the year, without introducing bugs and performance degradation?”
The truth is that most companies professing to offer a Cloud Service cannot utilise an agile process and deliver innovations at the pace of Extreme Networks.
What is Extreme doing differently?
ExtremeCloud™ IQ is a 3rd generation networking management application built on microservices. (Think of these microservices as a software architecture where a complex application is composed of small, independent processes communicating with each other using APIs.) In an agile development process, a new feature is quickly created and deployed within an individual microservice as opposed to the entire application.
ExtremeCloud™ IQ offers continuous deployment where innovation is often a daily process. This provides customers with unprecedented feature velocity and bug fix availability, operating in a continuous delivery mode. Extreme’s engineering team continues to produce innovations to help organisations meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the demand for mobility-first network access.
I repeat, the speed of Extreme’s innovation is a huge enabler for customers, not a cause for cynicism!
What new features can you expect to see from ExtremeCloud™ ID?
Updated network topology view is now available in ExtremeCloud™ IQ. To access this view, click ML Insights > Network 360 Monitor, select a floorplan, and then click the topology tab.
As you can see above, the new monitoring view gives top-to-bottom perspectives of all your networking devices. In this example, you can see three Extreme APs, a switch, and a branch router. An administrator can drag and reposition any of the network hardware icons in a view that best makes sense.
There have also been improvements to the Diagnostic Tools which now provide direct troubleshooting via the network topology. From any AP, an administrator can run a quick VLAN test, which has been a long-time favourite troubleshooting tool of Extreme customers. Power-users can also initiate an SSH proxy connection for advanced CLI troubleshooting.
We have only just seen the first phase of the network topology view in ExtremeCloud™ IQ. In future stages, you can expect to see even more insights into your entire network as well as the ability to visualise third network equipment.
Extreme has also added the ability to bounce a port on any monitored switch. The bounce briefly turns the PoE power off and on again.
Why would you want to do this?
Power-cycling is an old network administrator trick to force an AP to reboot. You have always had the ability to reboot an AP from the cloud, however, on the rare occasion that an AP can’t be reached, a PoE bounce forces the AP to reboot. Power-cycling a PoE port is nothing new but having the ability to perform this action remotely from the cloud makes life much easier.
Video: The enhancements in action
The video below provides an insight into ExtremeCloud™ IQ’s recent changes.
ExtremeCloud™ ID: Front runner in Cloud Innovation speed
To operate a successful Cloud Service, network companies must have a quick and easy approach to its development. But with this need for agility comes the risk of bugs, glitches, and a decrease in performance. With ExtremeCloud™ IQ you don’t need to worry about that. Enhancements are happening at an incredible speed, without any negative effects on their system, making Extreme Networks a front runner in Cloud Innovation.