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SECUREIRON PTM DEVICES TO OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE ACROSS WAN.

Foundry Networks(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:FDRY), Santa Clara, Calif., a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, has announced the new SecureIron(TM) Perimeter Traffic Manager (PTM) 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 link aggregation and highly intelligent bandwidth management, 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), DoS/DDoS, stateful Network Address Translation (NAT) 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. "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 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 (BGP) 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, call 888/TURBOLAN or 408/207-1332 visit http://www.foundrynetworks.com.
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