March 12, 2008 – Mitel®, the new force in unified communications for the real
world, and Foundry Networks®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FDRY), a performance and
total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today
announced Mitel’s inclusion in the Foundry Networks IronPowered
Technology Alliance Program as a strategic voice partner. Enabling
organizations worldwide to leverage an all-Internet Protocol (IP)
infrastructure and innovative communication application solutions to
improve their business performance, Foundry and Mitel unite
industry-leading network solutions with a broad portfolio of IP-based
communication applications, benefiting enterprises with fully
interoperable solutions for today’s demanding communications
environment. 

The IronPowered Technology Alliance Program builds on the commercial
success that the two companies have established by simplifying the
deployment of converged data and Voice over IP (VoIP) networks with the
successful completion of interoperability, auto-configuration and
security testing between Foundry’s unique Power over Ethernet (PoE)
upgradeable switches and Mitel’s enhanced VoIP handsets. Mitel and
Foundry provide a multi-layered converged voice and data security
strategy with increased manageability through the adoption of new
standards-based specifications. Benefits include improved voice quality
with superior reliability for an end-to-end converged network solution
that provides network and telecommunications operators with an
easy-to-install and manage solution.

"Upgrading our gigabit Ethernet to the desktop network to support Power
over Ethernet VoIP phones was not only an easy upgrade but it also
allowed us to leverage the productivity and cost-savings benefits of
converged networking," said Kevin Clark, director of IT operations for
Lucasfilm, Ltd. "With our existing Foundry network infrastructure, we
installed a simple update to our Mitel phones to enable PoE VoIP
capability throughout our distributed multi-site organization."

Mitel and Foundry have delivered a future-ready unified infrastructure
to help protect customers’ investments with the performance levels,
reliability and security today’s converged voice and data applications
require to a variety of worldwide customers including:

  • A powerful 10 gigabit Ethernet and gigabit to the desktop PoE
    networking solution that brings voice and data to the desktop of
    editing industry leader Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic (ILM),
    with fully redundant Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platforms (ICPs)
    across multiple buildings, Mitel Mobile Extension, Mitel Your
    Assistant™, Mitel Teleworker Solution, and MItel Enterprise Manager.
  • A state-of-the-art converged data, imaging, and VoIP network for
    Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI) using Foundry’s switches
    and Mitel’s IP communications platform, contact center solution, and
    business IP telephones.
  • A core network infrastructure and secure enterprise-class wireless
    access within the 15 offices of Residential Mortgage in Alaska, using
    Mitel’s 3300 ICP, IP phones, Enterprise Manager, Mitel Messaging Server
    and the Teleworker Solution and Foundry networking solutions.
  • An IP-enabled network to support more than 1,500 end-users at the
    Grand Hyatt Resorts in Doha, Qatar, with a Mitel 3300 ICP, running
    across FastIron™ SuperX® and FastIron Edge Switch PoE-ready systems
    from Foundry.

“Mitel and Foundry Networks are winning customers together with a
proven VoIP and networking solution to multiple customers across
multiple verticals,” said Stephen Beamish, vice president of business
development and strategic partnerships for Mitel. “Our joint market
initiatives have provided tangible results that combine our
best-of-breed solutions to help enterprise customers in government,
health care, education, and financial services realize the benefits of
IP communications through superior solutions.”

"For many enterprises, the network is the key element maintaining
day-to-day business operations," said Benjamin Taft, vice president of
corporate marketing and business development for Foundry Networks. "The
addition of Mitel to the IronPowered Technology Alliance Program will
help continue to drive the innate advantages of an open network
architecture to support today’s evolving business operations.”

Foundry Networks’ industry-leading network infrastructure and Mitel’s
broad portfolio of IP-based communication applications, enable
enterprises to benefit from a partnership that provides proven
solutions for today’s demanding communications environment. Built upon
open standards and tested to ensure interoperability, a joint Foundry
and Mitel IP communications solution delivers a future-ready
convergence infrastructure with the high performance, reliability and
security today’s critical voice and data applications require.

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