Foundry Pitches Flexible Switches
Foundry combines simplicity, flexibility and availability in its new line of application switches.Foundry Networks Inc. hopes to hit a sweet spot for enterprise and service provider networks with a new line of midrange application switches that marry the simplicity of fixed configuration devices to the flexibility and availability of a high-end chassis. The ServerIronGT E Series layers 4 through 7 switches are designed for network operators looking to balance performance and scalability with lower cost. Included in the three-member addition to the ServerIron family is a dedicated 10 Gigabit Ethernet application switch, among the industrys first, Foundry officials said.
Cisco Systems Inc.s Catalyst 6000 Series with a content switch module can also handle 10G bps, but "if you look at the switch platform dedicated to [layers] 4 through 7, it is true [that Foundry is] the first to bring this level of performance for application switching," said Cindy Borovick, an analyst at IDC, in Framingham, Mass.