Products Complement Existing Advanced Backbone and Metro Network
Product Portfolio with Leading Compactness, Efficiency, and

MIDDLE EAST – GITEX (October 2008) – Foundry Networks®, Inc. (NASDAQ:
FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end
switching and routing, today announced its enhanced end-to-end vision
for the service provider market with a suite of new networking
solutions. Foundry’s® service provider focus is to create a
high-performance, flexible and efficient network architecture for
providers to deliver core, aggregation and edge services with
compelling financial economics, energy and rack space savings. This
vision is achieved with a portfolio of high-density modular and
ultra-compact systems as well as a suite of complementary routing and
switching solutions that embrace IPv4/IPv6 protocols, Multiprotocol
Label Switching (MPLS), Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) and 10 gigabit
Ethernet (10GbE) capabilities.

Foundry’s service provider solutions are built on a foundation of
performance, resiliency and scalability attributes. Foundry has
consistently delivered solutions to meet the high-performance and
scalability demands of new and next-generation carrier networks. Its
Carrier Trunks capability allows aggregation up to 32-ports of 10GbE
and scales to a record-setting link capacity of 320 gigabits per second
(Gbps) enabling network operators to efficiently augment capacity
beyond the 10GbE barrier before the anticipated 40GbE and 100GbE
standards arrive. Resiliency is accomplished through Foundry’s unique
Metro Ring Protocol (MRP), which enables rapid convergence and traffic
protection in ring-based topologies.

To expand its end-to-end service provider product portfolio, Foundry
today announced the NetIron® CES 2000 Series, the networking industry’s
first one rack unit (1RU) compact edge/aggregation switch with Provider
Backbone Bridge (PBB) and 10GbE capabilities. Purpose-built to extend
Carrier Ethernet services, the NetIron CES 2000 Series, features high
versatility for supporting a wide range of deployments and broad range
of applications: Carrier Ethernet services, ISP edge/aggregation, and
data center deployments. Combining the NetIron XMR and MLX Series
routers’ Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) capability with the
Provider Backbone Bridge (PBB) / Provider Bridge (PB) functions on the
NetIron CES 2000 Series, Foundry delivers a unique, highly scalable
infrastructure solution for Carrier Ethernet service delivery. This
new, efficient, secure, Ethernet optimized architecture will preserve
investment in existing MPLS backbones and reduce the number of provider
edge (PE) routers that need to establish a full mesh for VPLS.
Furthermore, the NetIron CES 2000 Series lowers signaling overhead on
the PE router, isolates the PE router from learning customer MAC
addresses and simplifies management at the edge, thereby enabling
further Carrier Ethernet services scalability.

“With the introduction of the NetIron CES 2000 Series, Foundry
demonstrates continued commitment and focus on providing innovative
solutions in the Carrier Ethernet Switch/Router (CESR) market as one of
the world’s top three vendors,” said Glen Hunt, principal analyst,
carrier infrastructure, Current Analysis. “The NetIron CES 2000
switches combined with the NetIron MLX aggregation routers and NetIron
XMR backbone routers, offer service providers a scalable and cohesive
Carrier Ethernet solution that will help them accelerate and expand the
deployment of enhanced and value-added services to their subscribers.”

The NetIron CES 2000 Series is an advanced solution for the following applications:

  • Large-scale Carrier Ethernet build-outs when combined with the NetIron XMR and MLX Series routers
  • High-density aggregation of access devices such as Digital Subscriber
    Line Access Multiplexers (DSLAM), Passive Optical Network Optical
    Network Terminals (PON ONT) or Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS)
    at the network edge
  • Edge aggregation switching and routing applications in metro / ISP networks
  • Fiber to the home (FTTH) or Fiber to the building (FTTB) applications with very high Service Level Agreements
  • Data center top-of-the-rack server access switch in applications where deep buffering is important

Additional key features of the NetIron CES 2000 Series include:

  • Availability in a variety of 24-port and 48-port, 10/100/1000 RJ45
    and 100/1000 Hybrid Fiber (HF) small form-factor pluggable (SFP)
    configurations, and optional 10GbE uplinks
  • Ultra-efficient power consumption as low as 3.75 watts per full duplex gigabit per second (Watt/Gbps FDX)
  • Ability to offer E-LINE, E-LAN and E-TREE services as per Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) standards
  • Comprehensive OAM capabilities based on IEEE 802.1ag-2007 and MEF 17
    Service OAM Framework that allows rapid troubleshooting of Layer 2
    networks and Carrier Ethernet services
  • Comprehensive IPv4 unicast and multicast capabilities, including
    support for Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Open Shortest Path First
    (OSPF), and intermediate system to intermediate system (IS-IS),
    Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) and Internet Group Management
    Protocol (IGMP v2/3)

“Foundry has been a leading innovator in the service provider market
for the past 12 years and we continually focus on providing leading
edge services and scalability in a range of efficient platforms for our
customers,” said Farook Majeed, Middle East regional director for
Foundry Networks. “Building on this foundation, the NetIron CES 2000
Series is unchallenged in the industry in terms of combined Carrier
Ethernet price and performance, space and energy efficiency. With this
advanced carrier grade solution, Foundry produces a new dynamic for
edge/aggregation scalability, while staying true to Foundry’s core
values of wire-speed performance, operational efficiency and an
unparalleled value proposition.”

The NetIron CES 2000 Series starts at US$8,495 and will be available in
Q4 2008. For more information on the NetIron CES 2000 Series, please
visit .

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