Enhanced 10GbE Access Switches with IronStack Stacking Technology Deliver
Cost-Effective Solution for Network Growth with Ease of Single Switch
Operation.

MIDDLE EAST – (Oct. 12, 2008) – Foundry Networks®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FDRY),
a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and
routing, today announced the availability of the FastIron® GS-STK and
FastIron LS-STK stackable Layer 2/3 switches using IronStackTM
technology. In addition to these pre-configured models, a
field-upgradeable IronStack upgrade kit with stacking ports is also
available for existing FastIron GS and LS users who want the benefits
of stacking. As part of the award-winning FastIron GS and FastIron LS
Series 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) access switch families, the FastIron
GS-STK and FastIron LS-STK models offer the benefits of “pay-as-you
grow” scalability, ease of single switch operations, and low initial
cost of a compact access switch. These new switches are designed for
organizations that require a scalable and secure intelligent edge
solution that offers the cost, size and ease of deployment advantages
of fixed-configuration access switches.

Highlights of the new FastIron GS-STK and LS-STK switches featuring
Foundry’s® IronStack intelligent stacking technology include:

  • True ”pay-as-you-grow” scalability
  • Increase or decrease port counts by simply adding or re-deploying switches in an IronStack stack
  • Flexibility to mix-and-match Power over Ethernet (PoE)-ready, PoE upgradeable and non-PoE switches in a single stack
  • Ready migration from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps, gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10GbE
  • Upgradeable with IEEE 802.3af PoE for scalable IP phone and wireless AP deployments (limited to FastIron GS-STK models)
  • Flexible and resilient stacking operation
  • Cross-unit IEEE 802.3ad and static trunking for increased resilience
  • Hot insertion and removal of stacking units
  • Support for up to eight units in an IronStack configuration
  • Stack control automatically fails over to slave unit in event of master unit failure
  • Ease of management
  • A single IP address for the entire stack simplifying manageability
  • View and manage an IronStack configuration as a single entity via Foundry’s IronView® Network Manager (INM)
  • Chassis-like operations and the benefits of Foundry’s feature rich operating software
  • Scalable PoE with Full Class 3
  • Up to 384 PoE ports in FastIron GS-STK IronStack configuration
  • Full Class 3 PoE on all ports within a FastIron GS-STK IronStack
    using integral, redundant, serviceable, load sharing power supplies –
    this design helps reduce cost and rack space requirements by
    eliminating the need for external power supplies units

The FastIron GS-STK and FastIron LS-STK switches support a rich set of
advanced Layer 2 Ethernet services, static routing and IGMP and MLD
multicast snooping. To protect against network abuse and to control
network access, Foundry leverages a robust suite of IronShield™
security capabilities including policy-based network access control,
MAC-based VLANs, extended ACLs, MAC filters, denial of service
protection, spanning tree protocol protection, embedded sFlow® traffic
monitoring, IronShield 360 closed-loop threat mitigation and enhanced
Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) compliance
capabilities.

Additionally, the FastIron GS-STK and FastIron LS-STK switches support
Base Layer 3 features for increased networking and configuration
flexibility. Base Layer 3 features include static routing with RIP
v1/v2 announcements, virtual and routed interfaces, Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol (DHCP) relay and Virtual Router Redundancy
Protocol (VRRP). The switches will feature a de facto industry standard
CLI for familiarity and ease of operations and will be manageable using
Foundry’s unified network management platform, INM.

"With the availability of the FastIron stackable edge switches, Foundry
allows enterprise customers to deploy high-performance networking
infrastructures with the initial cost advantage of fixed configuration
access switch solutions," said Bob Schiff, vice president and general
manager for Foundry’s Enterprise Business Unit. "Foundry’s IronStack
stacking technology provides an advanced solution for building a secure
and converged network for the intelligent edge that meets business
needs today and is scalable for future growth and requirements.”

About the FastIron LS-STK

The FastIron LS-STK switches are stackable Layer 2 switches that
deliver enterprise-class security, wire-speed performance in a compact,
one rack unit (1U) high and 12.92" deep form factor. The FastIron
LS-STK switches are ideal for environments that require secure,
high-performance 10/100/1000 Mbps endpoint connectivity, and the
expandability and cost advantages of a stackable solution.

FastIron LS-STK Hardware Highlights

  • Compact 1U design for wiring closet, desktop and cabinet installations – 1.7" (height) x 17.3" (width) x 12.92" (depth)
  • Low power consumption: approximately 100 watts per stack unit
  • Low fan noise: less than 43 dBA per stack unit
  • Optional external redundant AC power supply unit powers up to four units
  • Modular and serviceable stacking modules
  • Optional 1-port 10GbE XFP module for high-bandwidth network connectivity

FastIron LS-STK Models

  • FastIron LS 624-STK (FLS624-STK) – 24-port 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45
    with four 100/1000 Mbps SFP ports that support 100Mbps and 1000Mbps
    optics. Configured with two 10Gbps CX4 stacking ports. One slot
    available for 1-port 10GbE upgrade.
  • FastIron LS 648-STK (FLS648-STK) – 48-port 10/100/1000 Mbps with four
    100/1000 Mbps SFP ports that support 100Mbps and 1000Mbps optics.
    Configured with two 10Gbps CX4 stacking ports.

About the FastIron GS-STK

The FastIron GS-STK switches are stackable Layer 2 switches that can be
upgraded to support PoE for powering IP endpoints including IP phones,
wireless LAN access points and IP surveillance cameras. These products
are ideal for organizations looking for a scalable solution that offers
the edge convergence features of a chassis, but in a stackable form.

FastIron GS-STK Hardware Highlights:

  • Compact 1.5 U design for wiring closet and cabinet installations
  • All models are field upgradeable to PoE
  • Integral, hot-swappable load-sharing AC and DC power supplies
  • Low power consumption: 100 to 200 watts per stack unit depending on model and system configuration
  • Modular and serviceable 2-port stacking module

FastIron GS-STK Models

  • FastIron GS 624P-STK (FGS624P-STK) – 24-port 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45
    with four 100/1000 Mbps SFP ports configurable with 100Mbps and
    1000Mbps optics. Unit comes configured with two 10Gbps CX4 stacking
    ports and one AC power supply.
  • FastIron GS 624XGP-STK (FGS624XGP-STK) – 24-port 10/100/1000 Mbps
    RJ-45 with four 100/1000 Mbps SFP ports configurable with 100Mbps and
    1000Mbps optics. Unit includes one integral 10GbE XFP port, two 10Gbps
    CX4 stacking ports and one AC power supply.
  • FastIron GS 648P-STK (FGS648P-STK) – 48-port 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45
    with four 100/1000 Mbps SFP ports configurable with 100Mbps and
    1000Mbps optics. Unit comes configured with two 10Gbps CX4 stacking
    ports and one AC power supply.
  • Each model includes one AC power supply. An optional second power
    supply may be ordered for redundancy and higher powered PoE
    requirements. AC and DC power supplies are available. Units are field
    upgradeable to support PoE using pluggable PoE DIMM modules.
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