Supporting three flavors
The NetIron IMR 640 also supports three flavors of MPLS, including virtual leased line service that emulates a point-to-point leased line; a Layer 2 VPLS (Virtual Private LAN Service) that allows enterprise customers to emulate Layer 2 over the service providers WAN; and a Layer 3 VPN multipoint service that emulates a Layer 3 network over the service providers backbone. Read more here about Foundry refreshing its Layer 4 through Layer 7 switching line.The NetIron 2404 edge or aggregation router is intended to provide Layer 2 VPN and routed IP services to the customer premises equipment in a four-slot chassis that supports 24 10/100 ports and four Gigabit Ethernet ports. The NetIron 2404 supports Intermediate System-Intermediate System, Routing Information Protocol, Open Shortest Path First and BGP-4 routing protocols. Other interfaces include Asynchronous Transfer Mode as well as Packet over SONET operating at between OC-3 and OC-48 data rates. The NetIron 2404 is due in May, and the NetIron IMR 640 is due by the end of march, although some modules will not ship until May. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
The router can also support up to 500 BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) peers and 4 million BGP routes in its routing information base.