SANTA
CLARA, Calif. and LOS ANGELES – (Feb. 27, 2008) – Foundry Networks®,
Inc. (NASDAQ: FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for
end-to-end switching and routing, today announced that its Layer 2/3 10
gigabit Ethernet-ready switches deliver Network Access Protection (NAP)
interoperability with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista .
Foundry™ will be promoting Windows Server 2008 interoperability and
standards-based 802.1x security, as well as support of other key
Microsoft products and initiatives at Microsoft’s “Heroes Happen Here”
launch event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Foundry will be
joining the worldwide launch and rollout of Windows Server 2008, Visual
Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008 at the kickoff in Los Angeles on Feb.
27, 2008, as well as a following event in Washington, D.C. on March 25,
2008.

Foundry’s FastIron® family of switches are now validated to operate in
conjunction with Microsoft Windows-based clients and the Microsoft
Network Policy Server (NPS) to manage policies that restrict
unauthorized client access to network resources based on the health of
the system, providing network administrators with an easy-to-manage
security solution. By marrying 802.1x, a standardized security
authentication method for IEEE 802-based network technologies, and
sFlow®, an industry standard technology for monitoring networks, as
part of Foundry’s IronShield™ 360 Security solution, customers of
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista can significantly reduce
deployment and operational costs when securing endpoint resources using
NAP interoperability with Foundry switches. Network administrators have
complete real-time visibility and accounting into the network enabling
them to monitor individual user history, behavior patterns and network
resource usage in order to thwart potential attacks. Joint customers of
Microsoft and Foundry now have a standards-based tool for validating
client health and securing network access without resorting to costly
and potentially less effective proprietary networking technologies.

“Today’s IT customers are looking for increased dependability,
scalability and security features,” said Ward Ralston, group technical
product manager for Windows Server Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “With
FastIron built on Windows Server 2008, customers can achieve a highly
reliable infrastructure for their business-critical applications.”

The integral component collectively interlocking this security solution
is the Foundry IronShield 360 Security solution, which brings together
open, interoperable and best-of-breed security solutions to complement
a comprehensive suite of award-winning Foundry networking platforms.
The IronShield 360 Security solution provides multiple levels of
network security, both at the perimeter, inside the LAN, and in the
data center. The foundation of IronShield 360 Security is a reliable,
robust and high-performance architecture, with wire-speed switching,
security, and advanced sFlow sensor support. The IronShield 360 Network
Security model provides secure device, network and service protection
to verify that all network resources are healthy and operating at
maximum effectiveness.

“Together with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista,
Foundry’s IronShield 360 Security solution is focused on providing our
joint customers with the highest level of security for their networking
environments,” said Ezra Yosef, director of business development for
Foundry Networks. “By delivering interoperability between Foundry
switches, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, customers have a
complete NAP solution to protect their network users and resources from
potential threats. This important milestone reaffirms Foundry’s efforts
to deliver on its network security and interoperability commitments.”

For more information on the “Heroes Happen Here” launch, please visit www.microsoft.com/heroeshappenhere .

About Foundry Networks

Foundry Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FDRY) is a leading provider of
high-performance enterprise and service provider switching, routing,
security and Web traffic management solutions, including Layer 2/3 LAN
switches, Layer 3 Backbone switches, Layer 4-7 application switches,
wireless LAN and access points, metro and core routers. Foundry’s
customers include the world’s premier ISPs, metro service providers,
and enterprises, including e-commerce sites, universities,
entertainment, health and wellness, government, financial and
manufacturing companies. For more information about the company and its
products, call 1.888.TURBOLAN or visit www.foundrynet.com.

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