Foundry Networks Obtains Metro Ethernet Forum Certification

Services Offered by Foundry's NetIron MLX Metro Routers and NetIron XMR Core Routers Gain MEF 9 and MEF 14 Certification

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 6 /- Foundry Networks®, Inc. (NASDAQ:FDRY), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, today announced that the delivery of Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Ethernet LAN (E-LAN) services has been certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for Foundry Networks' NetIron MLX metro routers and NetIron XMR core routers. The MEF certification program is aimed at ensuring network equipment and infrastructure offering services that are compliant with the emerging MEF specifications, as well as accelerating the adoption of Ethernet, and offering service providers, worldwide, a uniform and standardized method for delivering carrier class services, Service Level Agreement (SLA), and increased Quality of Service (QoS) over Ethernet.

The MEF relies on a comprehensive test methodology and test tools to ensure adherence to its specifications. The certifying body, Iometrix, has been tasked by the MEF to perform actual equipment testing and certification within a test laboratory. The MEF 9 and MEF 14 specifications comprise all the test suites released by the MEF to date. MEF 9 specification addresses compliance with MEF specifications for the User-Network Interface (UNI) for delivery of Metro Ethernet services. MEF 14 complements MEF 9 by addressing compliance with the MEF specifications for traffic management and QoS.

Designed from the ground up for the delivery of Metro Ethernet services, the NetIron MLX metro routers and NetIron XMR core routers are built for enabling high performance and high scalability Metro Ethernet Networks (MENs) and for large scale, high bandwidth capacity network transport. They are part of Foundry's total solution for next generation service provider networks providing IPv4/IPv6 Internet routing, MPLS-based services, and intra-Metro/inter-Metro Ethernet services. Foundry's end-to-end service provider solutions allow providers to support rapid subscriber growth with industry leading router performance reaching up to 2 Billion packets per second, while controlling CapEx and OpEx beyond what are achievable using traditional routers.

MEF members, like Foundry Networks, benefit from a process that includes a broad community of experts but also the end users of the technology. Carriers benefit by driving the MEF definition of requirements and by participating in the development of business tools that are important to their success in the Ethernet services market.

"We are pleased to achieve both the MEF 9 and MEF 14 certifications for the metro Ethernet services offered by Foundry Networks' NetIron MLX and NetIron XMR routers," said Ken Cheng, vice president and general manager, high-end and service provider products business unit for Foundry Networks. "We will continue to work with MEF to help accelerate the delivery of Ethernet-based services to our customers."

About Foundry Networks

Foundry Networks, Inc. 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, access routers and metro routers. Foundry's 9,700 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

NOTE: Foundry Networks, BigIron, ServerIron, FastIron and the 'Iron' family of marks are trademarks of Foundry Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the sole property of their respective holders.

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