New Products Extend Industry-Leading Density and Scalability for the Data Center and HPC Environments 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and LAS VEGAS – (April 28, 2008) – Foundry
Networks®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FDRY), a performance and total solutions
leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced two new
high-density interface modules to its industry-leading data center
switching and routing product lines, the BigIron® RX Series switches
and the NetIron® MLX Series routers. With these new interface modules,
the BigIron RX Series switches and the NetIron MLX Series routers will
deliver the industry’s highest 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) and gigabit
Ethernet (GbE) density of up to 512 ports of 10GbE and 1536 ports of
GbE in a single system.

The BigIron 16-port 10GbE SFP+ module (RX-BI16XG), and NetIron MLX
48-port GbE MRJ21 module (NI-MLX-1Gx48-T) deliver exceptional
flexibility and scalability for advanced data centers and
high-performance computing (HPC) applications. With these new
high-density interface modules, the BigIron RX Series switches and
NetIron MLX Series routers now deliver more than twice the 10GbE and
GbE density of their nearest competitors. Organizations can be
confident that data center expansion and HPC growth will be manageable
through Foundry’s™ industry-leading routers and switches and
intelligent best-of-breed networking solutions.

In a 2007 study, DRT/Campos Research found that over the next 24
months, more than 80 percent of U.S. companies plan to expand their
data centers. Organizations are running out of physical space, capacity
and power due to dramatic business-critical application growth. Many of
these applications require robust disaster recovery technologies as
safeguards, and the new server technologies deployed to meet
application growth require more than data centers’ current
infrastructure can deliver. Foundry’s new interface modules for the
BigIron RX Series and NetIron MLX Series address these critical issues
head-on by delivering highly dense, scalable, and power efficient
solutions to enable greater flexibility and capabilities within
constrained or new facilities.

"There is no question that data centers are expanding and requiring
more performance capacity. Simultaneously service providers are also
demanding a significant reduction in power consumption, cooling costs
and physical rack space," states Ray Mota, chief research officer for
Synergy Research Group, Inc. "Foundry’s new data center networking
advancements address these current obstacles with a viable solution
that can effectively act as a catalyst for data center growth by
freeing IT operators from ongoing power constraints and delivering the
capacity and performance headroom by them today and in the future."

For data centers and high-performance computing (HPC) environments, the
BigIron RX-BI16XG interface module dramatically expands the number of
10GbE ports supported in a single chassis and in a single rack. Whether
desiring 64 ports of 10GbE in four rack units (RU) or 512 ports of
10GbE in a single chassis, Foundry’s new 16-port 10GbE module allows
for unprecedented densities. This data center module leverages the
advanced Quality of Service (QoS) functionality, the Virtual Output
Queue (VOQ) and the lossless Clos fabric-based architecture of the
BigIron RX series, allowing for incomparable performance, redundancy
and scalability. The BigIron RX-BI16XG module operates in all four
chassis of the series, and offers data center managers and HPC cluster
designers the highest density and lowest power consumption for 10GbE on
the market.

The new 10GbE module augments the current BigIron RX series GbE
capacity of up to 1,536 GbE ports per system. Together these leading
capacities for 10GbE and GbE provide highly scalable and highly
flexible solutions for server aggregation. The industry-leading
performance of the BigIron RX series enables collapsing server
connectivity in the data center into fewer or into a single chassis
design, consuming far less power, less cooling and utilizing less rack
space resulting in a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and simplified
management. The inherent hardware and software resiliency of the
series, combined with its support for industry standard and proprietary
rapid convergence protocols further enable high-availability data
center services.

The NetIron MLX routers complement the BigIron RX switches by providing
high-performance, high-end routing, multiple virtual routing, and
advanced security capabilities in data center applications. The NetIron
MLX series is unmatched in its IPv4, IPv6, and Multi-VRF wire-speed
routing performance without compromise. To supplement the series’
current industry-leading capacity of up to 128 10GbE wire-speed routing
ports per system, the new high density GbE interface module for the
NetIron MLX router series will boost the series capacity up to 1,536
ports in a single router.

The new 48-port gigabit Ethernet (GbE) MRJ21 interface module is
designed specifically for all four chassis types of the NetIron MLX
Series routers. Each interface module will have eight MRJ21 connectors,
with each connector supporting six ports of GbE interface. The 48-port
module will more than double the GbE density on the NetIron MLX routers
giving them the highest GbE capacity and lowest power consumption for
routers in their class.

The NetIron MLX routers’ industry-leading GbE and 10GbE density,
comprehensive routing capabilities, and scalable security features
enable high-density data centers with collapsed access and aggregation
layers while extending high-end routing and virtualized routing
services into the access layer for maximizing performance and enhancing

In addition, the NetIron MLX routers offers unmatched network
scalability with up to 32 10GbE links per link aggregation and
sophisticated link aggregation and equal cost multi-path (ECMP) load
sharing algorithms. With this industry-leading high-bandwidth
capability, the MLX provides data center architects with ample network
capacity and scalability to support service growth in large enterprise
and Internet data centers as well as up to 320 Gbps inter-switch and
data center connectivity. The advanced, patent-pending, link
aggregation and equal cost multi-path (ECMP) load sharing algorithms
inherent to the NetIron MLX routers ensure optimal utilization of
available network capacity, thereby offering a highly viable solution
for scaling network connectivity beyond 100 Gbps today.

“Foundry is committed to advancing the capabilities of the
next-generation data center,” said Ken Cheng, vice president and
general manager for Foundry’s High-End and Service Provider Systems
Business Unit. “Foundry’s new modules for the BigIron RX and NetIron
MLX are at the forefront of flexible and scalable solutions enabling
new applications. These intelligent data center solutions provide
density, robust feature sets, proven technology, and lower power
consumption that result in a new industry standard for data center and
HPC connectivity.”

Pricing and Availability

RX-BI16XG Module: $34,995 U.S. list price with general availability in August 2008

NI-MLX-1Gx48-T Module: $34,995 U.S. list price with general availability in Q4 2008

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