Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) selects Foundry's NetIron MLX-32 metro routers to meet growing capacity requirements

December 5, 2007

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and AMSTERDAM -- Foundry Networks®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced that the world's largest public Internet Exchange Point (IXP), the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), selected the NetIron® MLX-32 metro routers for their powerful switching capabilities to keep up with the organization’s documented 100 percent year-over-year Internet Protocol (IP) traffic growth. With the surging growth of Internet traffic pushing overall used capacity through the 350 Gbps threshold at the end of October, AMS-IX required the most powerful switching platform available to provide their multifaceted infrastructure with long-term scalability, simplified network management, high reliability, and protection for their long-term equipment investment.

Currently setting the record for the greatest volume of traffic for any IXP, AMS-IX connects IP networks for more than 280 Internet service providers and carriers through more than 475 ports on one distributed switch platform. A pioneer in applying ultra-high capacity networking, the Exchange's exponential growth rates require increasingly higher switching capacity to support the increasing trend of high bandwidth applications like online video, competitive online gaming and streaming audio services. Their customers’ current 10 gigabit port demands have increased at a rate that has outpaced AMS-IX’s most optimistic expectations. A number of AMS-IX’s customers will soon require more than eight parallel 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) connections to the exchange for handing network traffic to their peers.

"As we look to solve the growing demand for higher speed connections and to service our members beyond the 300 Gbps milestone, we will continue to look towards Foundry Networks to answer our networking performance needs,” said Henk Steenman, chief technical officer for AMS-IX. “For years, Foundry has consistently delivered highly reliable and scalable networking solutions at an attractive price for performance. Their innovative ability to execute as promised, has enabled us to architect an extremely robust, technically advanced and high performing Internet Exchange Point.”

AMS-IX chief executive officer, Job Witteman, indicated that the future in Internet usage growth will continue to bring new capacity demands. “With high-definition video transfers and other high bandwidth applications growing in popularity with consumers via the Internet, it will likely keep our growth in the 100 percent range year-over-year. I see no reason to believe that capacity growth will be any slower than what we’ve experienced in the past, meaning we could be running close to an unparalleled terabit per second by the end of 2008.”

Witteman continued, “Another development that influences the traffic growth is the maturation of children of the digital generation. As they embark in their professional careers, they are already accustomed to being online all the time, especially with the new Web 2.0 applications. We will potentially see traffic patterns shift to higher volumes, thus defining more critical infrastructure needs.”

Foundry Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY)

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