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Foundry Networks and Mitel Expand Partnership with Gigabit Ethernet IP Telephony Solutions

  • 07 March, 2006 12:24

<p>Sydney, 7th March 2006 -- Mitel®, the trusted provider of IP communications solutions and applications, and Foundry Networks® Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced the successful completion of interoperability testing between their respective Gigabit Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions.</p>
<p>The expanded partnership between the two companies focuses on simplifying the deployment of converged data and VoIP networks implementing Gigabit PoE, Security, and Auto-Configuration.</p>
<p>While Gigabit Ethernet has been shipping in laptops and desktops through personal computer vendors worldwide, enterprise customers who are embracing Voice over IP (VoIP) are now upgrading their data infrastructures to support Power over Gigabit Ethernet.</p>
<p>Customers who are deploying Foundry Networks FastIron SuperX Series and FastIron Edge X424-POE can now cost-effectively and easily add Mitel 5200 series phones equipped with Gigabit Ethernet to enable Gigabit PoE VoIP capability to the desktop.</p>
<p>“By expanding our partnership with Foundry Networks, we are together able to offer unparalleled performance with the broadest industry feature set for enterprise customers seeking to leverage the powerful business benefits of converged networking,” said Mitel president and chief operations officer, Paul Butcher.</p>
<p>To ensure the security of VoIP conversations, Mitel and Foundry Networks now offer an end-to-end secure convergence solution. Leveraging existing enterprise servers such as Microsoft IAS, Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005, the combined solution delivers advanced secure VoIP, Instant Messaging, and Presence.</p>
<p>Based on standard protocols such as 802.1X, AES, and SSL-based security, the joint solution supports both LAN and teleworker users.</p>
<p>“Foundry and Mitel are collaborating to give customers best-of-breed telephony and networking solutions that are secure and interoperable, without locking them into expensive proprietary systems,” said Bob Schiff, vice president and general manager of Foundry's enterprise business unit. “Mitel and Foundry have a growing number of satisfied joint customers because our telephony and networking solutions provide fast ROI and the flexibility to support converged services without costly upgrades. We look forward to our continued partnership with Mitel to provide customers with secure, scaleable, and high-performance converged solutions.”</p>
<p>The companies are working together to simplify the deployment and configuration of VoIP in enterprises to minimize human error and maximize business continuity.</p>
<p>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, access routers and metro routers. Foundry's 9,300 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 visit www.foundrynetworks.com.</p>
<p>About Mitel
Mitel is a market leader for voice, video, and data convergence over broadband networks. With a focus on the user experience, the company delivers advanced communications solutions that are easily customized for individual business needs. Mitel solutions extend from intuitive desktop appliances and applications through to Applications &amp; Services Gateways that enable business process integration and enhancement. Customers are provided with innovative ways to leverage their resources and migrate to the benefits of IP communications at their own pace. Mitel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide. For more information please visit www.mitel.com .</p>
<p>Media Contact
Sebastian Rice,
02 9959 1991,
seb@silverspan.com,
Silverspan,
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