Foundry focuses on innovation

Foundry Networks says it has made a number of breakthroughs with innovative products in key segments and plans to use these to show that it can deliver an end-to-end offering to customers at Gitex 2005.

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By  Andy Tillett Published  September 25, 2005

Foundry Networks plan to use Gitex to highlight the products it has introduced in the last 12 months. The vendor says it has made a number of breakthroughs with innovative products in key segments and plans to use these to show that it can deliver an end-to-end offering to customers. “Foundry’s mission is to deliver full networking solutions that offer the industry’s highest reliability, availability, scalability, manageability, performance, and port density,” says Farook Majeed, regional manager of Foundry Networks, Middle East and North Africa. “At Gitex, we will reach out to network administrators, IT managers, CIOs, CFOs, CTOs and top decision makers from across the region. We will show that Foundry Networks is a major technology leader showcasing some of its latest innovations,” he explains. This year’s show is Foundry’s fifth consecutive year at Gitex and the vendor says it has benefited tremendously from its participation in the last four years with its customer base growing each year. “As industry leaders, we feel we offer the latest innovations that can help them to address the issues they face in their jobs. We have won some major accounts either during Gitex or just after Gitex, so this is definitely our best opportunity each year,” says Majeed. Foundry will trumpet its BigIron RX-series of high-performance Layer 2/3 Ethernet switches, which bring developments in switch fabric design, system redundancy and traffic management. Add this to the SuperX family - which was unveiled earlier in the year - as well as the NetIron IMR and XMR series routers and network end users in the region will be treated to a full picture of Foundry’s recent innovations. Foundry will be looking to use the IMR and XMR routers to cash in on the current demand for a triple play infrastructure among service providers. The IMR and XMR models support IPv4, IPv6 and MPLS and are designed to offer the converged backbone and broadband VPN offerings that will define the next generation internet. The NetIron XMR-series features a fully redundant non-blocking 1.92 terabits per second and the IMR-640 router was honoured at the Network Middle East’s Innovation Awards in June for cutting the entry price for core carrier class routers. Among the other products being showcased by Foundry are the ServerIron GTC series, ServerIron 350 and SecureIronLS LAN switches. The switches integrate Foundry’s fourth generation network processor technology and boast a rich set of security capabilities to protect server farms against high-speed Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and optimise application and server performance. Foundry says the SecureIronLS series are the industry’s first and only secure LAN switches that deliver dedicated, multi-layer security to high value users and servers that host key business applications.

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