Foundry Upgrades Switch Software

Live demo of the BigIron 15000 switch at NetWorld + Interop; worldwide delivery of Ethernet over Sonet on offer

September 26, 2000

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To Demo Layer 3 Switch

ATLANTA -- Foundry Networks(TM), Inc. (NASDAQ: FDRY), a leader in high-performance, end-to-end switching and routing solutions, announced today that it has chosen Spirent's SmartBits(TM) 6000 system to test Foundry's BigIron(TM) 15000 Layer 3 switch in a live demonstration at NetWorld + Interop in Foundry's booth #7323. Foundry will demonstrate its BigIron 15000 with six SmartBits 6000 systems, providing 120 non-blocked, full line rate, Layer 3 Gigabit Ethernet ports, to demonstrate 178 Mpps. Foundry delivers this throughput in a chassis measuring less than 30 inches tall, smaller than any other alternative on the market today.

"We are pleased to be teaming with a market leader such as Foundry at NetWorld+Interop for the live demonstration using our SmartBits solution," said Mark Fishburn, Spirent Communications, vice president of marketing for SmartBits Systems. "With our SmartBits Gigabit Ethernet solution, we continue to lead the way in full wire-rate performance analysis systems," continued Fishburn.

To Intro Global Ethernet

ATLANTA -- Foundry Networks(TM), Inc. (NASDAQ: FDRY), a leader in high-performance, end-to-end switching and routing solutions, today unveiled its Global Ethernet technology, which combines the best features of Ethernet and SONET, and delivers native broadband Ethernet solutions to local, Metropolitan, regional and global networks. Global Ethernet is suitable for providing metropolitan multi-tenant building and campus network connectivity, virtual co-location facilities, as well as Ethernet-based services on multi-continental global networks. Based on Foundry's unique Layer 2 Packet Over SONET (POS) technology, Global Ethernet combines the simplicity and robustness of Ethernet with the fault protection and high availability of SONET. Global Ethernet enables carriers and service providers to offer scalable, broadband, secure virtual private network services based on their SONET infrastructure investment.

"Global Ethernet is a highly sought after networking component for communication service providers, ASPs, ISPs, and the newly emerging Building Local Exchange Carriers (BLECs)," said Bobby Johnson, president and CEO of Foundry Networks. "All of these organizations are focused on increasing overall customer satisfaction and want to differentiate themselves by creating multi-tiered services and a 'pay as you go' networking infrastructure."

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