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Foundry Launches Core Router

Foundry Networks adds new multiservice routers to its NetIron service provider product portfolio

March 14, 2005

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Foundry Networks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY), 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 organizations. 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 Bobby Johnson, Foundry’s Chairman and CEO. “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.”

Foundry Networks Inc.

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