Foundry on the product roll

Networking manufacturer Foundry Networks has introduced two new switches and Ethernet connectivity technology aimed at enterprise users and companies running e-commerce and Web sites.

Foundry's stackable Web switch, dubbed the ServerIron 4802, features Layer 2 through Layer 7 Internet traffic and content management. This lets network managers set policies to route traffic to assigned servers based on the type of request - speeding response time for Web surfers.

Foundry also introduced a Layer 3 LAN Switch, the FastIron III, which sports "Fast and Gigabit Ethernet" ports. Designed as a core enterprise switch, the FastIron III typically sits behind a router on an enterprise network.

The FastIron III features up to 336 10/100Mbps ports, or up to 120Gb Ethernet fibre ports.

Foundry's ServerIron 4802 Web switch features two Gb Ethernet ports and 48 10/100Mbps ports.

According to the company, Foundry's global Ethernet product delivers native broadband Layer 2 packet switching to local, metropolitan, regional and global networks over a synchronous optical network (SONET).

Gordon Vick, Foundry's regional manager, is looking for a strong adoption of the Web switches by resellers facing a relatively short sales cycle.

Vick claims the switches eliminate the need for many additional routing components that "reduce the complexity of the network", and are a good stand-alone product for resellers.

Foundry's ServerIron 4802 is slated for release this time next year at around $62-63,000 (list price). The Fast Iron III will be available from November at around $74,000 (list price).

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