September 18, 2008

SoftBank IDC Deploys Foundry NetIron XMR Routers for Data Center Services Expansion; Leading Japanese Service Provider Prepares for the Future

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and TOKYO, Sept. 18, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Foundry Networks(r), Inc. (Nasdaq:FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced that its award-winning NetIron(r) XMR 4000 and NetIron XMR 8000 IPv4/IPv6/MPLS routers have been installed by SoftBank IDC Corporation for network backbone and server aggregation throughout its distributed data centers.

SoftBank IDC provides an extensive range of highly reliable services that include Web hosting, colocation, network connectivity, security, and operations management to customers by leveraging synergies within the SoftBank Group. According to a recent report by research firm TeleGeography, Internet traffic continued its rapid upward trend growing by more than 50 percent between mid-2007 and mid-2008. This trend has a profound impact on Internet data center service scalability that requires careful preparation for future growth. Also, as a strong supporter of Japan's Team Minus 6 Percent initiative for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, SoftBank IDC sought radical optimizations to its data center power consumption and cooling. In addition, SoftBank IDC has been looking forward to streamlining the transition from IPv4 to IPv6, and offering 10 gigabits per second (10Gbps) service across its entire data center network. In order to support these key initiatives and to enhance its service portfolio, SoftBank IDC deployed Foundry's cutting-edge NetIron XMR routers.

The NetIron XMR routers offer SoftBank IDC a highly integrated IPv4/IPv6 routing solution facilitating a seamless transition to IPv6 without compromise. The routers feature industry-leading port capacity and density with all-port wire-speed routing powered by their cutting-edge terabit-scale architecture for enhancing service scalability and maximizing efficient use of rack space. In addition, the routers' low power and cooling requirements and industry-leading power efficiency, as low as 8.6 watts/Gbps, are key to SoftBank IDC's ability to scale its capacity while optimizing its power and cooling utilization to advance its eco initiatives. The routers used by SoftBank IDC are the NetIron XMR 8000, an 8-slot 7RU system with up to 32 10-gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) ports, and the NetIron XMR 4000, a 4-slot system 4RU system with up to 16 10GbE ports.

The NetIron XMR Series of routers is designed to meet the application needs of Internet service providers (ISPs) and multi-service backbone operators demanding high reliability and scalability. The NetIron XMR Series features wire-speed IPv4/IPv6/MPLS routing, redundant management modules, switch fabric, power, and cooling system.

"We are pleased that SoftBank IDC installed the NetIron XMR routers to expand data center services for its customers," said Ahmed Abdelhalim, director of product management and marketing for Foundry's High-End and Service Provider Systems Business Unit. "The combination of high-routing functionality and performance with industry-leading resiliency and efficiency makes them a compelling solution for operators looking to enhance service portfolio while maximizing overall efficiency."

About SoftBank IDC Corporation

SOFTBANK IDC Corporation is a data center operator established in 1986. The company operates eight data centers and provides high quality data center solutions including network security and operation monitoring. The company is scheduled to launch its "Asian Frontier" service in fall 2008, which is an environmentally-sound data center complex consolidating the company's data center operation know-how and facility development accumulated over the years. Through the optimization of high-density integration, cooling mechanisms and the reuse of released heat, SoftBank IDC aims to provide a digital information revolution infrastructure based on an efficient use of energy. For more information, visit

About Foundry Networks

Foundry Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:FDRY) is a leading provider of high-performance enterprise and service provider switching, routing, security and Web traffic management solutions, including Layer 2/3 LAN switches, Layer 3 Backbone switches, Layer 4-7 application switches, wireless LAN and access points, metro and core routers. Foundry's customers include the world's premier ISPs, metro service providers, and enterprises, including e-commerce sites, universities, entertainment, health and wellness, government, financial and manufacturing companies. For more information about the company and its products, call 1.888.TURBOLAN or visit

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