Foundry Selected as a Pivotal Networking Partner for Microsoft’s Internal and External Test Network.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – (Oct. 14, 2008) – Foundry Networks®, Inc.
(NASDAQ: FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end
switching and routing, today announced Microsoft’s selection of
Foundry® Networks’ NetIron® MLX Series 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)
IPv4/IPv6 MPLS routers for its Enterprise Engineering Center
(http://www.microsoft.com/EEC), a state-of-the-art proving ground for
the world’s most complex computing environments based in Redmond, Wash.
The Microsoft EEC can replicate virtually any production environment
for customers to gain a clear view of how Microsoft’s pre-release
products will perform in their home environments prior to installation.
Microsoft’s objective for the EEC was to deploy a network that provides
internal and external customers access to resources located within the
EEC and labs connected to its new 10 gigabit campus area network (CAN).
The center’s operators demanded a solution that would scale to meet
escalating performance requirements, but would be flexible enough to
allow staff to reconfigure the network regularly to meet customer
needs. With this at top of mind, Microsoft selected Foundry’s NetIron
MLX-16 routers for its core and the NetIron MLX-4 routers in additional
labs to allow for Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) across a 10
gigabit connection. Today, the EEC can create a VPLS instance for each
customer offering customers improved traffic separation. With the new
Foundry Networks solution installed, the EEC also implemented Q-in-Q in
conjunction with VPLS to achieve a hierarchical design to meet its
“We needed a network infrastructure that would allow us to utilize the
same network for multiple customers without compromising the security
or performance of the network,” said John Cressey, lead program manager
for Microsoft’s EEC. “However, we also wanted a solution that would let
us better realize the potential for Microsoft products. Scalability and
capacity were also critical criteria. Ultimately, we needed the ability
to expand as EEC customer needs require.”
By leveraging Foundry routers, the EEC has the traffic separation,
performance and future expansion capacity it needs with a
standards-based solution, as well as improved utilization of the
“Foundry provided a solution with the greatest value, from its ability
to scale to getting the maximum out of our investment,” concluded
Cressey. “Today, we have a network capable of handling the cutting edge
converged applications our customers use as well as a network that’s
easy to manage, delivers wire-speed performance and offers a rich
feature set to provide the EEC with greater versatility.”
Built with Foundry’s state-of-the-art, fifth-generation, network
processor-based architecture and Terabit-scale switch fabrics, the
Foundry NetIron MLX Series routers give the network a rich set of
high-performance IPv4, IPv6, MPLS, and Multi-VRF capabilities as well
as advanced Layer 2 switching capabilities. Designed to enable reliable
converged infrastructures and support mission-critical applications,
the NetIron MLX Series features an advanced N+1 redundant switch fabric
architecture for very high availability. This architecture ensures that
the system continues to operate at peak performance even in the case of
a switch fabric card failure. The NetIron’s 10 gigabit fiber ports
terminate to racks hosting the servers, allowing staff to allocate
resources per rack for each customer.
“The Microsoft EEC is known worldwide as the networking test-bed for
Microsoft’s enterprise software solutions,” said Benjamin Taft,
Foundry’s vice president of corporate marketing and alliances.
“Microsoft’s selection of Foundry’s award-winning NetIron MLX Series
routers for the EEC allows customers to ensure their network
infrastructure interoperates with our routing platform and Microsoft’s