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CADENCE SELECTS FOUNDRY NETWORKS FOR DATA CENTER PERFORMANCE.

Foundry Networks(r), Inc. (Nasdaq:FDRY), Santa Clara, Calif., a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, has announced that Cadence Design Systems, Inc. selected Foundry's next-generation routers and switches for its new centralized data center. Foundry's NetIron MLX Series of high- performance metro routers and the award-winning BigIron RX Series of routing switches are now deployed within Cadence's data center backbone to handle the tremendous influx in traffic attributed to bandwidth intensive applications required to create and test the world's most advanced semiconductors and circuit boards used in consumer electronics, networking, telecommunications equipment, and computer systems.

"Performance per rack unit and data center real estate are key concerns of ours and we are constantly trying to analyze ways to maximize performance and minimize space," said Dan Salisbury, vice president of global IT for Cadence Design Systems. "After an extensive search, we determined that Foundry's solutions provided us with the best combination of port density and redundancy features to utilize less space and increase system resiliency."

According to a 2006 research report by Gartner, Inc., through 2010, out-of-date data center networks will increase computing costs by at least 30 percent and will deliver poor performance and availability. Foundry's next-generation NetIron MLX router powers Cadence's data center backbone by providing routing between their 2,000 servers while each of the BigIron RX routing switches will aggregate more than 500 of their servers with ample room for future growth. Each BigIron RX utilizes Foundry's industry leading non-blocking 48-port 10/100/1000 MRJ-21 Ethernet module, which supports high-density configurations without forcing Cadence to compromise Quality of Service (QoS), latency or throughput.

The 48-port 10/100/1000 MRJ-21 module increases the non-blocking Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) capacity to 768 ports for a single BigIron RX system and 2,304 ports in a standard 7-foot equipment rack. The high-density configurations are ideally suited for high capacity server farms and high performance computing environments where the number of servers and compute nodes are driving demand for non-blocking interconnect solutions that can scale well beyond 500 GbE ports.

The BigIron RX and NetIron MLX families feature redundant switch fabrics, system management and power supply components to ensure maximum reliability and efficiency. They are the industry's first true 100-Gigabit Ethernet (100-GbE) ready systems with the highest non-blocking 10-GbE and GbE port densities available today protecting Cadence's capital investment for years to come.

"We are pleased that Cadence selected Foundry Networks to power their new data center infrastructure," said Ken Cheng, vice president and general manager for Foundry's High-End Systems Business Unit. "Cadence is the leading global electronic design automation company with thousands of customers worldwide relying on their services to ensure the success of their businesses. Foundry's solutions provide them a winning combination of high-performance capabilities, resiliency and significantly lower total cost of ownership (TCO) providing their businesses the competitive edge needed to excel."

About Foundry Networks

Foundry Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:FDRY) 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 metro routers. Foundry's 10,400 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 1-888-TURBOLAN or 408/207-1332 or visit www.foundrynetworks.com or call Cadence Design Systems at 408/914-6016.
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