Foundry Ups Service Provider Ante

BOSTON (05/26/2000) - Foundry Networks Inc. is aiming to give service providers better routing, security and network monitoring capabilities with its latest software release for its backbone routers and Layer 3 switches.

The company's new IronWare 7.0 Internet routing software will work with its NetIron400, NetIron800 and NetIron500 Internet backbone routers, as well as its BigIron4000, BigIron8000 and BigIron15000 family of switches.

Foundry, which began shipping its Internet backbone switches in May, says scalability and security enhancements are primarily aimed at service providers that want to deliver better response time to customers and provide better remote security options to network administrators.

IronWare 7.0 software is available now. Ken Chang, marketing director for Foundry, says user can download the new version of the software free of charge from the company's site.

Paul Strauss, an analyst with International Data Corp. in Framingham, Massachusetts, expects Foundry to initially compete buy undercutting the prices of competitors such as Cisco and Juniper. The average price for an Internet backbone router is about $200,000, according to Strauss.

Chang says he hopes Foundry's new software features are a drawing point, since it addresses two major issues service providers are concerned about these days: performance and security. IronWare's new features include:

BGP4 enhancements including dynamic scalability to very large (over two million routes and 150 peers) BGP4 networks.

BGP4 peer group definitions to simplify configuration in large BGP4 peering environments and make router management more efficient and scalable.

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