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Foundry Networks' SecureIron Perimeter Traffic Manager Optimizes WAN Utilization and Enhances Perimeter Defense.

SANTA CLARA CLARA Clairemont Amateur Radio Association , Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Foundry Networks Foundry Networks is a network system vendor selling high-end managed ethernet switches and routers. The company was founded in 1996 by Bobby R. Johnson, Jr. and is based in Santa Clara, California, USA. (R), Inc. , a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced the new SecureIron(TM) Perimeter Traffic Manager (PTM PTM Post-Translational Modifications
PTM Porsche Traction Management
PTM Point-To-Multipoint
PTM Please Tell Me
PTM Packet Transfer Mode
PTM Pulse-Time Modulation
PTM Portugal The Man (band)
PTM Predictive Technology Model
) devices to augment perimeter security and optimize application performance across multiple Wide Area Network (WAN) links. The SecureIron PTM augments and offloads traditional firewall security at the perimeter to protect the investment and extend the life of the firewalls. With ISP (1) See in-system programmable.

(2) (Internet Service Provider) An organization that provides access to the Internet. Connection to the user is provided via dial-up, ISDN, cable, DSL and T1/T3 lines.
 link aggregation See port aggregation.  and highly intelligent bandwidth management Controlling the traffic flow in a network. See bandwidth manager. , the SecureIron PTM maximizes utilization of Internet capacity and provides Quality-of-Service (QoS) and prioritization to critical enterprise application traffic. Foundry Networks' modular hardware-based architecture ensures that the solution scales to meet the growing perimeter traffic demands of the customer as more critical services are remotely managed and used.

The SecureIron PTM is designed to be deployed as a front-end to existing traditional firewalls at the network perimeter for unmatched hardware-based protection against Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks and application level threats. The devices can offload overburdened firewalls from key security features like Access Control Lists (ACL See access control list.

1. ACL - Access Control List.
2. ACL - Association for Computational Linguistics.
3. ACL - A Coroutine Language.

A Pascal-based implementation of coroutines.

["Coroutines", C.D.
), DoS/DDoS, stateful Network Address Translation (NAT (Network Address Translation) An IETF standard that allows an organization to present itself to the Internet with far fewer IP addresses than there are nodes on its internal network. ) and application rate controls to maximize the firewall performance for stateful inspection. The SecureIron solution enhances perimeter security by offloading and augmenting traditional firewalls for a fraction of the cost of PC-based security appliances or costly firewall upgrades, while scaling up to multiple Gigabits per second (Gbps) traffic management and security throughput. Additionally, the SecureIron PTM provides SPAM mitigation and Web filtering to enhance protection at the perimeter, which optimizes internal resource usage for legitimate traffic.

"Internal attacks and abuses are an enormous concern of all educational institutions like ours," said Robert Bowen, information technology manager for the Baldwin School District in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
. "We were intent on finding a traffic management device for security augmentation and usage control as the integral building block for our network infrastructure. SecureIron Perimeter Traffic Manager complements our existing Foundry LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used.  infrastructure by providing security augmentation for our network and individual users."

The SecureIron PTM family offers a choice of three performance models, including a new ultra-high-performance model based on Foundry's new-generation security processor technology that offers performance scalability up to 6Gbps of Layer 4 traffic management throughput and 1Gbps of Layer 7 application QoS and security protection. The family features switches in two form factors -- a new compact 2RU high three-slot modular switch and a more expandable four-slot 5RU chassis with fully front-serviceable power supplies. Module interchangeability between the two chassis provides a migration path for customers to higher capacity or compact size with full investment protection.

"The network perimeter is seeing an explosion of expensive, performance- constrained and special-purpose appliances to provide security augmentation and performance optimization as application traffic accounted for remote users and partners grows," said Gopala Tumuluri, director of product management for Foundry Networks. "The SecureIron Perimeter Traffic Manager solution consolidates traffic management and security augmentation into a switch-based architecture to deliver a cost-effective alternative to expensive firewall upgrades and security / traffic management appliances at the enterprise perimeter."

SecureIron PTM solution integrates firewall clustering and ISP link aggregation functions to provide virtually unlimited Internet bandwidth and firewall scalability. These features also dramatically increase the Internet and firewall security uptime. The firewall clustering solution allows users to scale the capacity of their traditional systems incrementally and maintain high-availability at the most critical points in the network. ISP link aggregation intelligently distributes traffic over multiple IP links, eliminating the need for complex Border Gateway Protocol Border Gateway Protocol - (BGP) An Exterior Gateway Protocol defined in RFC 1267 and RFC 1268. Its design is based on experience gained with Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP), as defined in STD 18, RFC 904 and EGP usage in the NSFNet backbone, as described in RFCs 1092 and 1093.  (BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) The routing protocol that is used to span autonomous systems on the Internet. It is a robust, sophisticated and scalable protocol that was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). ) routing designs and allows organizations to configure bandwidth commitments for specific critical IP applications. Multiple parameters, including network health, round trip response time, ISP link cost and bandwidth utilization are used to control and optimize traffic distribution across multiple WAN connections.
  Key features of the SecureIron Perimeter Traffic Manager products include:

   --   Wire-speed network layer security
   --   Multi-Gigabit DoS and DDoS protection
   --   Application level deep packet inspection
   --   High-performance stateful IP NAT
   --   Firewall clustering and high availability
   --   Spam mitigation using IP reputation lists (Available August 2006)
   --   URL filtering for Web compliance (Available August 2006)
   --   ISP link aggregation and high availability (Available August 2006)

  Pricing and Availability
  New SecureIron Perimeter Traffic Manager (Available June 2006):

   --   SecureIron 100-C: Compact 2RU high traffic manager with SSM6-1
        security management module delivering up to 2Gbps secure L4
        throughput. US List Price $12,995 USD
   --   SecureIron 300P-C: Compact 2RU high traffic manager with SSM7
        security management module delivering up to 6Gbps secure L4
        throughput. US List Price $24,995 USD
   --   SecureIron 300P: Highly expandable 4-slot chassis based traffic
        manager with SSM7 security management module delivering up to 6Gbps
        secure L4 throughput. US List Price $24,995 USD

  About Foundry Networks

Foundry Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of high-performance enterprise and service provider switching, routing, security, 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 Internet edge and core routers. Foundry's 9,700 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

NOTE: Foundry Networks, SecureIron and the "Iron" family of marks are trademarks of Foundry Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the sole property of their respective holders.

Contact: North America, Pavel Radda of Foundry Networks, +1-408-207-1332, or; or Europe, Tom Herbst of Kaizo, +0207-580-8852, or; or Asia/Pacific, Jenny Liu of Foundry Networks Hong Kong, +852-2273-5993, or; or investors, Jason Golz of Financial Dynamics, +1-415-439-4532, or

CONTACT: North America, Pavel Radda of Foundry Networks, +1-408-207-1332, or; or Europe, Tom Herbst of Kaizo, +0207-580-8852, or; or Asia/Pacific, Jenny Liu of Foundry Networks Hong Kong, +852-2273-5993, or; or investors, Jason Golz of Financial Dynamics, +1-415-439-4532, or

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