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Foundry introduces new family of gateway switches that set new performance standards for server load balancing, application switching and SSL acceleration

  • 13 April, 2004 13:06

<p>April 13, 2004 – Foundry Networks, a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced the intelligent and high performance ServerIron GT series Layer 4-7 gateway switches with integrated support for SSL acceleration. The new switches combine best-of-breed Layer 4-7 switching with high-performance SSL acceleration in a compact switch to deliver a total application infrastructure solution to maximise availability, scalability and performance of secure business and web applications. Using a highly innovative network processor technology and rich set of security capabilities, these systems protect server farms against wire-speed gigabit rate Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and deliver superior Layer 4-7 and SSL connection performance to meet the needs of the most demanding Enterprise customers.</p>
<p>The ServerIron GT series integrates industry’s leading Layer 2/3 switching and routing with intelligent Layer 4-7 switching and high-performance SSL acceleration. With a choice of configurations, these switches simply network and server farm design, and ease application and server farm manageability. Advanced Layer 4-7 intelligence and security features maximise availability and scalability of mission-critical application infrastructure.</p>
<p>Application servers traditionally perform poorly when dealing with SSL transactions that require computationally intensive RSA operations. Adding to the performance challenge is the manageability and security of SSL certificates in a distributed server cluster environment. Layer 4-7 switches with integrated SSL acceleration help offload servers from SSL processing, and also centralise certificate management for increased security and ease of management. Additionally, these systems provide intelligent Layer 7 switching on traffic carried over SSL connections, which enables advanced application clustering solutions for maximum availability and scalability. Application security functions of the Layer 4-7 switches are also extend to SSL traffic because the traffic is visible in clear text to the intelligent Layer 4-7 switch.</p>
<p>Key features of the ServerIron GT series switches include:</p>
<p>Efficient Load Balancing: Support for a range of load balancing methods and metrics like least connections, server weight, application response time, and bandwidth to maximise server farm efficiency and availability.</p>
<p>Intelligent Content Switching: Extensive built-in application intelligence and sophisticated content engine for scalability, connection persistence, and security of applications based on standard protocols and proprietary content.</p>
<p>Integrated SSL Acceleration: Termination and acceleration of SSL connections, and centralised SSL certificate management for added security and easy manageability. Offloads servers from SSL processing, and supports content switching on SSL connections.</p>
<p>Robust Application Security: Ability to protect applications and server farms from wire-speed Gigabit rate Denial of Service (DoS) attacks up to 1.5 million SYN packets per second while serving legitimate application traffic. High-performance content inspection and filtering engine to discard application messages carrying virus, worm and other malicious content.</p>
<p>High Availability: A range of high availability options to maximise application uptime even during failures of the Layer 4-7 switch. Support for real-time synchronisation and Stateful failover of client connections between switches to help eliminate disruption to application transactions during switch failures.</p>
<p>Sophisticated Health Checks: Performs many types of user-configurable and highly customisable health checks to servers and applications using Layer 2/3/4/7 mechanisms. Quickly identifies downed server resources and quickly redirects client connections to available servers.</p>
<p>Transparent Application Support: Load balancing and Layer 7 content switching support for any IP application using TCP and UDP for transport. Transparent support for many standard protocols like HTTP, FTP, TELNET, and SMTP, and proprietary applications.</p>
<p>sFlow Traffic Accounting: Standards-based always-on sFlow traffic accounting provides visibility to network and application usage on a per-flow basis. Real-time export of network information helps identify and rapidly troubleshoot problems in the network.</p>
<p>Advanced Layer 2/3 Switching and Routing: ServerIron switches provide Layer 2/3 switching and routing, and combine with Layer 4-7 switching for a complete network and application infrastructure solution. Support for advanced routing protocols including RIPv2, OSPF, and VRRP/VRRP-E.</p>
<p>"Use of SSL is growing tremendously as more applications that demand transaction security and confidentiality migrate to the Web, and accelerating the performance of SSL applications and improving their security is critical for the new application infrastructure," said Yankee Group analyst Zeus Kerravala, "Foundry’s new ServerIron GT series with integrated SSL support provides best-of-breed consolidation of Layer 4-7 application switching and SSL acceleration in a single platform, which simplifies datacenter design and increases ROI while delivering the needed performance and scalability."</p>
<p>“Foundry’s comprehensive Layer 4-7 switching solutions are designed to meet a wide range of application and server farm infrastructure needs,” said Ken Cheng, vice president of marketing for Foundry. “With the addition of the new ServerIron GT series Layer 4-7 gateway switches, Foundry expands product leadership and delivers more solutions for solving the challenges of availability, scalability and security for mission-critical applications. Integrated support for high-performance SSL acceleration helps enterprise and service provider customers extend and maximise the benefits of Layer 4-7 switching to secure SSL-based Web applications.”</p>
<p>ServerIron GT gateway switches are available in the following configurations:</p>
<p>ServerIron GT-4G: Four 10/100/1000 ports with fiber and copper Gigabit Ethernet support with optional redundant power supply</p>
<p>ServerIron GT-SSL-4G: Four 10/100/1000 ports with fiber and copper Gigabit Ethernet support and integrated SSL acceleration with optional redundant power supply</p>
<p>ServerIron GT-SSL-12G: Twelve 10/100/1000 ports with fiber and copper Gigabit Ethernet support and integrated SSL acceleration with optional redundant power supply</p>
<p>The ServerIron GT series is part of the complete family of Foundry’s market leading ServerIron Layer 4-7 solutions ranging from the fixed configuration stackable switches to the high-end chassis switches that scale up to 112 Gigabit Ethernet ports. ServerIron Layer 4-7 switches provide sophisticated Internet traffic and content switching features including server load balancing, URL and cookie based switching, global server load balancing, and transparent cache switching. Some of the world’s most demanding customers such as AOL TimeWarner, CheckFree Corporation, NTT DoCoMo, and Wachovia Bank rely on Foundry ServerIron systems for server farm scalability and application security.</p>
<p>The ServerIron GT switches will be available in summer 2004. They are priced as follows:</p>
<p>ServerIron GT-4G: AU$21,485 and NZ$24,895
ServerIron GT-SSL-4G: AU$31,513 and NZ$36,520
ServerIron GT-SSL-12G: AU$40,105 and NZ$46,470</p>
<p>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 Web switches, Wireless LAN and access points, and Metro Routers. Foundry's 6,500 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</p>
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