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Foundry enhances industry's highest density 10-Gigabit Ethernet services router with hitless failover and carrier-class service delivery capabilities

  • 16 March, 2004 12:30

<p>March 16, 2004 Foundry Networks, a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced software enhancements for the NetIron 40G (NI 40G), the company’s Terabit-capacity 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) Services router. Purpose-built to deliver highly available and tunable Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet and IP services and designed for NEBS Level 3 compliance, the NetIron 40G is the highest performance Ethernet Services router in its class, supporting up to 32 wire-speed 10-GbE ports and 320 wire-speed 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports in each 13 rack unit high system and 96 wire-speed 10-GbE ports and 960 wire-speed 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports per 7 foot rack.</p>
<p>Service providers worldwide are planning and deploying competitive service offerings to meet their subscribers’ increasing demand for scalable and reliable high-bandwidth Ethernet and IP services. The NetIron 40G Ethernet Service router is designed for these network operators, providing a high-performance, hardened solution for the delivery of scalable, highly available and manageable Ethernet and IP services. The new features will further enhance the NI40G’s availability, resiliency, scalability and security capabilities to meet the requirements of these emerging networks.</p>
<p>- Non-stop packet forwarding with Hitless Management module Failover (HMF) for Layer 2/3 switching and OS upgrades</p>
<p>- Internet-scale, wire-speed Internet edge routing and accelerated route convergence with Foundry Direct Routing (FDR)</p>
<p>- End-to-end SLA enforcement with Advanced Bandwidth Management (ABM)</p>
<p>- Secure and scalable network infrastructure with hardware-based IronShield security and extensive ACL policies</p>
<p>- Non-stop packet forwarding with hitless management module failover</p>
<p>Service availability is a top priority for providers of high-bandwidth point-to-point and multipoint Ethernet services. The NI 40G Hitless Management module Failover (HMF) protects service level commitments by maintaining traffic flow continuity in the event of a failover of the NI 40G’s active management module. With the introduction of HMF, the forwarding of switched and routed user traffic will be maintained during and following a management module failover or a system software upgrade.</p>
<p>The ability to deliver predictable wire-speed routing and support for fast route convergence can differentiate a premium service provider from its competitors. Foundry Direct Routing supports the pre-populating of the system’s hardware forwarding engine with as many as 256,000 routes – more than twice the total number of Internet published routes. This capability in combination with the NI 40G capacity of four million entries in its routing information base will meet today’s service provider requirements and accommodate future traffic growth. The ability to pre-program the IP forwarding engine at each interface module ensures wire-speed performance with minimal delay for all application packet flows and rapid routing convergence in the event of a network failure. FDR provides the routing scalability and performance assurances required for premium Ethernet and IP services delivery.</p>
<p>A key attribute of Ethernet is its scalability. In an Ethernet and IP services network where Service Level Agreements define the provider’s commitment to the customer, it is important that the network infrastructure provide the ability to regulate individual customer flows, ensure customer separation, suppress Denial of Service attacks and maintain service availability. The NI 40G’s Advanced Bandwidth Management feature provides the network operator with granular bandwidth management capabilities powered by hardware-based policy engines that use extended access control lists (ACLs), port, priority and VLAN information to create rate classes for subscriber services. In metropolitan networks, ABM-enabled services can be extended across the entire switched infrastructure providing an end-to-end solution for scalable and fault-tolerant point-to-point and multipoint Ethernet service delivery with bandwidth, performance and availability assurances.</p>
<p>Service availability and network security top the list of customers’ requirements for network services. Based on Foundry Networks IronShield suite of security features, the NI 40G protects the network against denial of service attacks (DOS) and unauthorised network and management access. These capabilities include: enhanced ACL (40,000) support for packet filtering and policy-based service management; IEEE 802.1x port authentication; rate limiting for multicast and broadcast and unknown unicast; BGP-Guard that protects BGP peering sessions between routers by preventing the redirection or hijacking of control sessions; and SNMPv3, authenticated user access and SSHv2 for secure network management.</p>
<p>Designed for high-performance Ethernet and IP services delivery, Foundry’s NetIron 40G provides network operators with a powerful service platform for their Ethernet services infrastructure. New enhancements including non-stop data forwarding, Internet-class scalability and performance, advanced and granular bandwidth management and secure network and management access provide network operators with a complete Ethernet and IP services solution that meets today’s performance and availability requirements and can scale to deliver the bandwidth and capacity needed for future growth.</p>
<p>“The expanding role of Ethernet in metro and wide area networks is driving the need for carrier-class Ethernet platforms that meet the scalability, reliability and performance requirements of service providers. With these announcements today, the Foundry NetIron 40G has moved into the category of switches that meet these requirements,” said Lee Doyle, vice president for Network Infrastructure at IDC.</p>
<p>“Metropolitan Area Networks and Internet Service Providers have emerged as a key network build-out point for 10-GbE,” said Bobby Johnson, president and CEO of Foundry Networks. “With the new features we are adding today, NetIron 40G will be an even more attractive solution for organisations that need carrier-class performance and features with the economy and convenience of Ethernet.”</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>The software feature enhancements will be available in July 2004 without charge for customers under NetIron 40G service contracts.</p>
<p>About Foundry Networks</p>
<p>Foundry Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY) is a leading provider of high-performance enterprise and service provider switching, routing and Web traffic management solutions. Foundry Networks’ product portfolio includes 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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