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Foundry touts connectivity

Networking vendor unveils its latest range of switches and routers as it attempts to tap into the region’s booming market.

Foundry Networks is appearing at Gitex for the fourth consecutive year, and once again it will be introducing visitors to the show to its latest line up of connectivity products. Among the offerings the team will be talking about are the vendor’s ServerIronGT and ServerIron GT E offerings. The former is a series of fixed configuration Gigabit Layer 4-7 switches that deliver intelligence and superior performance for security and load balancing of IP applications, while the ServerIron GT E is a new series of high-availability Layer 4-7 application management and web appliances for business-critical application and server farm infrastructures. Also on show will be Foundry’s EdgeIron offering, the latest of which is a compact 8-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch that offers a non-blocking 160-Gbytes/s Ethernet switch design and wire-speed 10-GbE forwarding performance on every port.

“The Middle East region is one of the fastest growing regions for Foundry. New markets in the region are opening up, such as Iraq and Libya. This is all the more exciting for Foundry,” says Farook Majeed, regional sales manager for Foundry Networks.

“Service providers and enterprises are buying state of art technology as most developments in the region are new. They are moving to the latest tech right upfront. Service providers are expanding their services to 3G, broadband and so on. New ISPs are being formed due to de-regulation in the region. Due to the terrific construction boom MANs and data centres are being developed by property builders, oil companies and education institutes,” he adds.

For security conscious visitors to Gitex this year, Foundry Networks will be promoting its AccessIron family of enterprise wide area access router. The solution, which is a multi-port T1/E1 and T3 access and aggregation router that features support for Frame Relay (FR), Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), multi-link bonding and channelised T1/E1 and T3 interfaces, also offers a suite of layered security features to protect network integrity and to prevent compromise from Denial of Service (DoS) and other network attacks. Additionally, the AccessIron routers may be configured with advanced firewall functionality, providing stateful packet inspection for application-aware network security.

“Security is key for the region and Foundry has several built in security features in the core and L4-L7 products. Enterprises have started building network operation centres and launching e-services. Wireless technology is booming since last year and has had a major impact on the market. Public hotspots, coupled with WiFi enabled laptops and PDAs, is a way forward” says Yarob Sakhnini, regional technical manager at Foundry Networks. “Competition is forcing regions financial centres to invest in services such as e-banking, web, mobile, contact centres, which require investment in network infrastructures. Increased security fears have also forced large enterprises to look at security based products.”

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