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  • 16 March 2005 11:08

Foundry announces breakthrough service provider routers at one-tenth the price of today's solutions

Sydney, Australia – 16 March 2005 - Foundry Networks, a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced additions to its NetIron® service provider product portfolio that dramatically reduce the cost of infrastructure for the delivery of the new generation of broadband Internet access and virtual private network (VPN) services while preserving investments in existing SONET/SDH optical systems.

The NetIron IMR™ 640 is a carrier-class provider edge and core router that provides a highly scalable solution for the delivery of broadband IP, Ethernet and MPLS services at one-tenth the cost of alternative platforms. The NetIron 2404 is a modular, high-density aggregation router for the customer edge, providing cost-effective aggregation and distribution of advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN services for multiple subscribers. The NetIron family of aggregation, edge and core routers offers a complete end-to-end solution for the delivery of advanced IP, Ethernet and MPLS VPN services with the scalability, reliability, performance and service level commitments required for true network convergence.

Featuring a low-latency, non-blocking distributed switch architecture, wire-speed multi-service network processors and granular traffic management controls, the NetIron IMR 640 delivers the performance, service richness and quality of service that will benefit a wide range of network operators including Metro and regional service providers, Internet service providers, large enterprises, universities and government organisations.

The NetIron IMR 640 is a versatile platform that supports a number of applications including: provider core label switch routing where 10-Gigabit Ethernet offers a cost-effective alternative to OC-192c/STM-64 Packet over SONET/SDH (POS), provider edge label switch routing for MPLS VPN service creation and aggregation, dual stack IPv4/IPv6 routing for routed IP services and Ethernet switching for Metro and regional Layer 2 networks. The NetIron IMR 640 supports its full suite of wire-speed IP and VPN services in all of these application scenarios.

“Ethernet, VPNs and converged IP network services are the growth services of the future. Service providers must ready their networks to deliver these services or risk losing this profitable business to alternative providers,” said Gordon Vick, Regional Director for South Asia Pacific, Foundry Networks. “Our announcements today dramatically change the status quo. Our NetIron multi-service routers present an edge-to-core solution that is a fraction of the cost of current solutions and will help to accelerate the deployment of this vital infrastructure.”

Service providers have generally relied on high-priced equipment from their traditional router vendors to build their multi-service MPLS networks. List prices for these platforms can start at AUD$650,000 and exceed AUD$6,500,000 for fully configured systems. One of the primary contributors to these prices is the cost of the high capacity ports on these systems. For example, for one vendor’s router, a single OC-192c/STM-64 port costs AUD$350,000, a 10-Gigabit Ethernet port costs AUD$230,000 and a 1-Gigabit Ethernet port costs AUD$23,000.

The pricing for the NetIron IMR 640 is significantly less. For the NetIron IMR 640, an OC-192c/STM-64 compatible port (implemented using the 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN PHY) is priced at AUD$34,352, a 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) port is priced at AUD$12,192 and a 1-Gigabit Ethernet (1-GbE) port is priced at AUD$1220. This is a 90% to 95% reduction in pricing that is expected to dramatically change the business model for network operators and will help spur faster and broader deployment of multi-service MPLS networks.

“In building the NetIron IMR 640, we have leveraged nearly ten years of expertise in developing and marketing Ethernet, IP and MPLS switches and routers,” said Dr. Ivy Hsu, vice president and general manager of Foundry’s Service Provider Business Unit. “The NetIron IMR 640 combines the cost advantages of Ethernet, the scale, density and wire-speed performance of Foundry’s Terathon? technology and the service richness of MPLS to deliver the industry’s highest density and best price-performance Internet and Metro router available.”

NetIron IMR 640—Price-Performance Leader and Highest Density Multi-service MPLS Solution

The NetIron IMR 640 router is based on Foundry’s Terathon system architecture. This fourth generation architecture features a distributed 1.28 terabits per second switch fabric delivering 40 Gbps full-duplex throughput per line module slot, programmable network processors and a distributed multi-processor control plane. The system supports up to eight line modules, 1+1 redundant management modules and N+1 load-sharing AC (or DC) power supply modules. The chassis is one-third of a rack tall and can support 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports and 960 Gigabit Ethernet ports in a standard seven-foot rack delivering the highest port density in its class. Each line module supports 40-Gbps full-duplex wire-speed forwarding of MPLS, routed IP and switched Ethernet services.

The NetIron IMR 640 offers a full suite of advanced broadband services including dual stack IPv4/IPv6 routing, MPLS-based Layer 3 VPN (per RFC 2547bis), MPLS-based Layer 2 VPN - Virtual Leased Line (VLL) and Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), and switched Ethernet services.

To interoperate with existing SONET/SDH transport networks, a 10-GbE port can be configured with a 10-GbE WAN PHY pluggable XENPAK module for connecting to an OC-192c/STM-64 port on dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) optical systems. The WAN PHY transceiver encapsulates Ethernet frames in SONET/SDH frames at the OC-192/STM-64 rate. At a cost of AUD$34,852 per port, the 10-GbE WAN PHY is a very attractive alternative to the much more expensive OC-192c/STM-64 Packet Over SONET/SDH (POS) interfaces used on legacy routers. The 10GBASE-LW WAN PHY XENPAK module operates at 1310 nm and supports 10 km reach over single mode fiber (SMF).

The NetIron IMR 640 is designed for the service provider environment and supports extensive scaling in key areas including the BGP routing information base (RIB), the number of hardware-switched MPLS LSPs and IP routes, MAC addresses, access control lists (ACL), traffic policers and more. The system can support 500 BGP peers and 4 million BGP routes in its routing information base. The actual packet forwarding is performed in hardware and is controlled by pre-populated forwarding engines contained on each line module. This design provides for very low latency and wire-speed performance of all packets in a flow.

As many as one million IP routes and MPLS labels are supported in hardware system-wide. The NetIron IMR 640 supports 2,000 Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) instances for delivering L3 VPN services and 16,000 VLL/VPLS instances for delivering L2 VPN services. To provide extensive security and policy control, the NetIron IMR 640 features 64,000 input and 64,000 output ACL clauses per 10-GbE port.

To support service level agreements for its thousands of VPN services, the NetIron IMR 640 implements a rich selection of constrained shortest path routing criteria for its traffic engineered (TE) MPLS tunnels. These criteria include: bandwidth parameters, include/exclude administrative group, hop count, path cost, least/most filled path, as well as explicit routing with loose or strict nodes and hot standby secondary tunnels. Additionally, the NetIron IMR 640 supports 4,096 inbound and 4,096 outbound dual-rate, three color traffic policers per 10-GbE port providing fine-grained bandwidth control per service flow.

NetIron 2404 Aggregation Router – Multi-service IP, MPLS and Ethernet Edge Router

The NetIron 2404 aggregation router is designed for the network edge, providing a cost-effective solution for subscriber aggregation and provider edge applications. The NetIron 2404 is a multi-service platform that delivers routed IP, switched Ethernet and Layer 2 VPN (VPLS and VLL) services on all ports. It features twenty-four 10/100 Ethernet ports and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet dual-media (copper and fiber) ports. An expansion slot is available for additional subscriber-facing or network-facing interfaces. Line modules that can be configured in this expansion slot include ATM (2- and 4-port OC-3c), POS (2-port OC-3c/OC-12c and OC-48c), Fast Ethernet fiber (24-port 100BaseFX), 1-Gigabit Ethernet (16-port copper, 8- and 16-port fiber) and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (1- and 2-port XENPAK). The 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports can be configured with the 10-GbE WAN PHY for connecting to SONET/SDH ports on DWDM systems.

To protect against service outage in the event of an equipment or link failure, the NetIron 2404 features an optional redundant AC or DC power supply, virtual routing redundancy protocol (VRRP), Metro Ring Protocol (MRP), rapid spanning tree protocol, 802.3ad link aggregation and hot-standby label switched paths (LSP) for MPLS LSP failover. The NetIron 2404 also supports a full set of IP routing and MPLS traffic engineering protocols including: IS-IS, BGP-4, RIPv2 OSPF, OSPF-TE, RSVP-TE, LDP and Constrained Shortest Path First (CSPF). Additionally, the NetIron 2404 features Foundry’s JetCore? line module technology, delivering wire-speed Layer 2/3 forwarding, wire-speed extended ACLs and sFlow traffic monitoring.

The NetIron 2404 is a powerful metro aggregation solution that can be used in a variety of topologies and configurations for the delivery of switched Ethernet, Layer 2 VPN and routed IP services to Ethernet-attached customer edge equipment.

Enhancements to NetIron 400, 800 and 1500 Aggregation Routers Foundry is also announcing the Velocity Management 2 (VM2™) processor module for the NetIron 400, 800 and 1500 chassis-based aggregation and edge routers. The Velocity Management module performs the MPLS forwarding function on the NetIron 400, 800, 1500. Systems configured with a Velocity Management module support the base set of Metro switched Ethernet and routed IP services plus the advanced MPLS Layer 2 VPLS and VLL services.

The VM2 increases the MPLS forwarding performance of NetIron systems by 50% over that of the previous generation VM1. Additionally, NetIron systems configured with the VM2 support the full family of JetCore line modules. JetCore line modules are third generation line modules that feature hardware-based, wire-speed Layer 2/3 forwarding, wire-speed extended ACLs, sFlow traffic monitoring and ACL-based rate limiting. The VM2 enables JetCore line modules to be used for the delivery of MPLS Layer 2 VPN services thereby adding the rich set of JetCore capabilities to the full suite of NetIron’s MPLS, IP routing and switched Ethernet services.

Pricing and Availability   Australian pricing NZ pricing Availability NetIron IMR 640 System, Common Equipment, DC Power $34,852 $37,211 March, 2005 NetIron IMR 640 System, Common Equipment, AC Power $41,808 $44,638 March, 2005 NI IMR Module: Management Processor $10,510 $11,226 March, 2005 NI IMR Module: 4-port 10-GbE, XENPAK $48,778 $52,101 March, 2005 NI IMR Module: 2-port 10-GbE, XENPAK $34,852 $37,211 May, 2005 NI IMR Module: 40-port 1-GbE, SFP $48,778 $52,101 March, 2005 NI IMR Module: 20-port 1-GbE, SFP $34,852 $37,211 May, 2005 NI IMR Module: 10-port 1-GbE, SFP $25,076 $26,774 May, 2005 NI 400/800/1500 VM2 Processor Module (NetIron 2404, 400, 800, 1500) $20,892 $22,306 May, 2005 NetIron 2404 (4-slot chassis, one A/C power module, VM2, 24 ports 10/100, 4 ports combo GbE) $27,858 $29,744 May, 2005

About Foundry Networks Foundry Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY) is a leading provider of high-performance enterprise and service provider switching, routing 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 7,500 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 Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by that section. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements that services such as Ethernet, VPNs and converged IP network services are the growth services of the future, that Foundry’s newly announced products/services/pricing dramatically change the status quo and will help spur faster and broader deployment of multi-service MPLS networks, and expected pricing and availability. The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially. Investors should review the risk factors described in more detail in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, 10-Q and other SEC reports available free of charge from Foundry at or from the SEC at Foundry assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

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