Foundry Intros EdgeIron

Mid-range switch product family designed to fulfill the workgroup and wiring closet needs of enterprise users

December 3, 2001

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Foundry Networks(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing solutions, announced today a new mid-range switch product family designed to fulfill the workgroup and wiring closet needs of enterprise users. The EdgeIron(TM) 4802F is the first in the new family of switches designed to provide wire-speed performance, superior port density, and complete standard Layer 2 feature sets at an aggressive price. The new EdgeIron family complements Foundry's industry-leading FastIron(R) family of Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches by providing a mid-range Layer 2 fixed-configuration switch to Enterprise users that need high-performance and port density at an aggressive price, but without the need for the high-end advanced Layer 2 features or Layer 3 switching capabilities. The new EdgeIron 4802F switch features 48 10/100 ports and up to two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports while consuming just one rack unit (1U), making it ideal for deployment in enterprise wiring closets where space is at a premium. With 1000BaseSX or 1000BaseLX Gigabit uplink options, customers can extend the Gigabit Ethernet distance up to six kilometers. Foundry's EdgeIron 4802F features an auto-sensing 100-240 VAC power supply that makes it easy to deploy in a variety of environments. The power supply on the EdgeIron 4802F is optimized for low power consumption rated at a maximum of just 55 Watts, resulting in lower electricity costs and alleviating the pressure for more electric power to wiring closets. With built-in temperature sensors, the EdgeIron 4802F alerts network operators via SNMP trap when the current temperature exceeds a proper operational level to prevent any cooling problems. The EdgeIron 4802F ships with a complete standard Layer 2 feature set including 802.1Q VLANs, 802.1p based Quality of Service (QoS), single Spanning Tree Protocol, 802.3x based flow control, BootP, TFTP, Generic VLAN Registration Protocol (GVRP), Generic Multicast Registration Protocol (GMRP) and port mirroring. With support for two queues per port based on 802.1p, the EdgeIron 4802F provides critical QoS technology for next-generation applications such as Voice over IP and streaming audio or video. With an easy-to-use, industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI), Telnet-based interface, Web-based GUI, and RADIUS-based authentication, the EdgeIron 4802F is easy and secure to configure and deploy. With 10.1 Million packets per second (Mpps) switching performance, support for 8,000 MAC addresses, and 512 active VLANs (each VLAN tag value may range up to 4,096 for 802.1q), the EdgeIron 4802F provides best-in-class performance and capacity at an aggressive price point. Foundry Networks Inc.

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