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Foundry sets new standard for affordability, density, performance and flexibility with new family of 10-Gigabit Ethernet products

  • 25 January, 2005 12:30

<p>Sydney, Australia – 25 January 2005 - Foundry Networks, a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today added a new switch family to its portfolio of 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) network infrastructure products, reinforcing its leadership in offering the most diverse, affordable end-to-end 10-Gigabit Ethernet solutions on the market. The new SuperX family of Layer 2/3 compact modular switches offers the industry’s highest Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10-GbE density per rack, the lowest GbE and 10-GbE price-per-port in a modular switch, wire-speed throughput and forwarding on every port, and a compact form factor that allows installation of up to eight systems per 7-foot rack. The SuperX family is purpose-built to deliver unmatched deployment flexibility, investment protection and performance for next-generation converged networks, with features such as a hot-swappable, standards-based Power over Ethernet (PoE) upgrade module, and Foundry’s robust IronWareÔ package of reliability and security features.</p>
<p>The SuperX family features a high performance, hardware-based switching packet processor and switch fabric, leading Layer 2 features and upgradeability to full Layer 3 for the most demanding networking environments, a non-blocking architecture, redundant and hot swappable AC/DC power supplies, fine-grain bandwidth management, pervasive traffic monitoring, and extensive security, resiliency and accounting features. The 6 RU-high SuperX family supports up to 128 wire-speed 10-GbE ports, 1632 wire-speed GbE or 10/100/1000 ports, and 1536 wire-speed 10/100/1000 PoE ports per rack.</p>
<p>“We needed to upgrade our backbone capacity to support an increasing demand for Gigabit circuits among our customer base. We chose the Foundry gear including the new SuperX switches, because no other vendors could provide the feature set we required at a comparable price,” said Bevan Slattery, managing director of Australia’s largest Internet exchange, operated by PIPE Networks. “After the Foundry switches are deployed, we will have the backbone capacity needed to service more customers with better reliability and redundancy, and down the track, we will be able to offer new services such as Q-in-Q and subrate services.”</p>
<p>The SuperX family includes three switches, each designed for distinct network environments and applications:</p>
<p>FastIronÒ SuperX Edge and Wiring Closet Switch</p>
<p>· Base system supports Layer 2/base Layer 3, upgradeable to full Layer 3</p>
<p>· Supports 24-port 10/100/1000 fiber and PoE modules, 24-port GbE mini-GBIC modules, 2-port 10-GbE modules with XFP modular optics and PoE upgrade module</p>
<p>· Extensive Quality of Service and availability features for voice applications</p>
<p>· Integrated wired and wireless access</p>
<p>TurboIronÒ SuperX 10-GbE Aggregation and Core Switch</p>
<p>· Industry leading 10-GbE price of less than $2,500 per port</p>
<p>· Industry’s highest 10-GbE density/rack of up to 128 wire-speed 10-GbE ports</p>
<p>· Base system supports Layer 2/base Layer 3, upgradeable to full Layer 3 including BGP</p>
<p>· Pre-configured with 16 ports of 10-GbE and XFP modular optics</p>
<p>· Wire-speed performance on every port</p>
<p>BigIronÒ SuperX Enterprise and Metro Layer 3 Backbone Switch</p>
<p>· Base system supports full Layer 3, upgradeable to native full Layer 3</p>
<p>· Supports 24-port 10/100/1000 fiber and PoE modules, 24-port GbE mini-GBIC modules, 2-port 10-GbE modules with XFP modular optics and PoE upgrade module</p>
<p>· Purpose-built high performance Layer 3 routing processor</p>
<p>· Industry leading Layer 3 scalability of up to 1 million routes and 200+ BGP peers</p>
<p>The SuperX systems provide more efficient and precise interface configurability than most switch offerings because they use half-width port modules, and 12 combo (copper or fiber) ports are integrated into the management module for additional flexibility and density.</p>
<p>The SuperX series comes with Foundry’s robust, cohesive IronWare feature set, which provides advanced Layer 2 and complete Layer 3 functionality, an extensive menu of reliability and availability enhancements, Foundry’s field-proven IronShieldÔ security package, and support for converged applications such as VoIP and multicasting.</p>
<p>“SuperX is simply the most versatile and affordable 10-GbE switch family on the market. We designed it to be a consistent architecture for enterprise and Metro service provider high-performance LAN and MAN infrastructures,” said Gordon Vick, Regional Director for South Asia Pacific, Foundry Networks. “With the SuperX series, we are redefining Layer 2/3 LAN switching by offering a unique combination of density, performance, intelligent features, and economical prices, while reducing complexity and providing ultimate scalability and deployment flexibility for our customers.”</p>
<p>Sample Configuration Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>The FastIron SuperX and TurboIron SuperX are available now. The BigIron SuperX will be available in March 2005.</p>
<p>FastIron SuperX switch with management module and 12 combo ports
$21,406 AU
$23,060 NZ</p>
<p>2-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet module
$8,563 AU
$9,225 NZ</p>
<p>24-port 1-Gigabit Ethernet module
$9,992 AU
$10,763 NZ</p>
<p>24-port 10/100/1000 Copper module
$4,992 AU
$5,378 NZ</p>
<p>24-port 10/100/1000 Copper with 802.3af PoE module
<p>TurboIron SuperX switch with 16 10-GbE ports, management module and 12 combo ports
$64,270 AU
$69,241 NZ</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 including Layer 2/3 LAN switches, Layer 3 Backbone switches, Layer 4 - 7 application switches, Wireless LAN and access points, access routers and Metro routers. Foundry's 7,500 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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