Foundry's NetIron 4802 offers IPv6 features

Although recent months have seen Foundry Networks add a host of products to its switching families, the vendor is now adding weight to its router offerings with the introduction of the NetIron 4802.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  April 23, 2003

Although recent months have seen Foundry Networks add a host of products to its switching families, the vendor is now adding weight to its router offerings with the introduction of the NetIron 4802.

The networking vendor claims its router delivers unique Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) capabilities, combined with high processing power and 4 M/bytes of memory. Service providers or enterprises will be able to deploy the 4802 router in their networks and then develop and test IPv6 applications, devices and services.

“Both of these customers have a need for intelligent Layer 3 routing capabilities,” says Adam Stein, director of corporate marketing, Foundry Networks. “This product [NetIron 4802] has an incredibly fast processor, 500 MHz, which is faster than a lot of PCs. Because of that processing speed and the memory we are able to run a very intelligent router that has the ability to support IPv6 natively and IPv4 concurrently,” he continues.

With the increasing build out of GPRS and 3G networks around the region, a host of new mobile devices are likely to be introduced, which in turn will require IP addresses. As such, Foundry believes the IP addressing capabilities of the NetIron router will help it to garner increasing momentum among service providers and enterprises using these devices.

“In the Middle East people, are building out 2.5 (GPRS) and 3G networks and all those network devices are going to have IP addresses, so we are taking advantage of that trend and giving them the ability to have many more IP addresses with IPv6,” comments Stein.

“They [users] are able to create IPv6 personal private networks or virtual private network (VPN) connections natively [using this product,]” he adds.
Foundry also claims that investment in R&D efforts remain a priority, and Stein says that this is set to continue throughout 2003.

“Foundry has been consistent at spending R&D dollars… We have a few things queued up over the next six months in both the service provider and enterprise markets,” he adds.

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