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Thu 23 Jun 2005 04:00 AM

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Foundry cuts router costs

Foundry Networks has introduced the NetIron XMR series of internet and metro MPLS routers. The vendor says the NetIron XMR-series establishes a new class of IPv4/IPv6/MPLS routers designed to cope with triple play services, convergence and broadband VPN offerings.

Foundry Networks has introduced the NetIron XMR series of internet and metro MPLS routers. The vendor says the NetIron XMR-series establishes a new class of IPv4/IPv6/MPLS routers designed to cope with triple play services, convergence and broadband VPN offerings.

The NetIron XMR-series features a fully redundant non-blocking 1.92 terabits per second (Tbps) switching fabric delivering 96 gigabits per second (Gbps) full-duplex data capacity per system line slot.

This ultra-high capacity positions the NetIron XMR-series as the first router family in the industry to ship ready to support 100 Gigabit Ethernet, a possible next development in Ethernet's continuing evolution.

“With the introduction of Foundry's terabit-class NetIron IMR 640 internet and metro router earlier this year, we began laying the groundwork for a new generation of routers that delivers a truly disruptive solution for implementing the next generation Internet,” says Bobby Johnson, Foundry’s chairman and CEO.

“Service providers have been at the mercy of their incumbent router vendors, paying exorbitant prices for systems that are costly to maintain, require multiple racks to install and are not designed with the future-readiness needed for maximum return on investment. The NetIron XMR-series addresses the shortcomings of these solutions, providing a disruptive edge-to-core solution that delivers the resilience, scalability, performance and future-proofing desired by service providers, and at price points that will reshape the economics of the broadband industry,” he adds.

The NetIron XMR-series will be available in September 2005, with pricing to be announced in August 2005.

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