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Foundry Steps on the Accelerator

Foundry Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY), keen to be more than a vendor of switches and routers, has entered the Web acceleration space (see Foundry Adds Web Accelerators).

The San Jose, Calif.-based vendor is looking to tap into the lucrative market for speeding up applications over the Web with its new ServerIron SA devices, which can be deployed on top of the companys switches.

The entry level one-rack-unit-high SA 100 supports up to 200 new SSL connections with 100-Mbit/s throughput, according to Foundry. The high-end SA 800 is a 2U device supporting up to 11,000 new SSL connections per second with 700-Mbit/s throughput. However, these figures are based on Foundry’s internal benchmarking.

A Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS)-certified device, the SA F400, has also been launched specifically for customers in government and other high-security businesses, such as the financial sector. FIPS addresses government requirements for the interoperability of different systems and data transfer.

Foundry is taking a leaf from the Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) book with the new devices. Cisco already offers an extensive line of networking products, enabling customers to build out their systems one piece at a time.

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