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Foundry Networks Standardizes on Arena PLM On-Demand for Global Operations

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Foster City, Calif., Mar 22 - Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of any size, today announced that Foundry Networks, a recognized leading provider of high-performance enterprise and service provider switching, routing, security, and Web traffic management solutions, has standardized on Arena PLM for all of their product data and to simplify collaboration among their outsourced contract manufacturers and global suppliers. Foundry Networks has also integrated their Arena PLM system with their Oracle ERP system, further streamlining their product development process and speeding time to market.

Foundry Networks uses Arena PLM to manage product data for all of their products. Arena PLM greatly simplifies collaboration by enabling their entire global supply chain to work concurrently from a single, centralized product record that is easily accessed over the Internet. With real-time, 24x7 access to complete and accurate product records, costly errors and lost time due to manual re-entry is eliminated, allowing Foundry to bring higher quality products to market faster, while lowering their product development costs. And because Arena PLM seamlessly integrates with Oracle ERP, Foundry can guarantee data consistency between their ERP system and their PLM system, eliminate costly and time-consuming manual data re-entry processes and ensure that material components are ordered based on the most current information.

“Given our prior experience implementing traditional client/server PLM solutions, we have been very impressed with Arena PLM," said Richard Bridges, vice president of manufacturing, at Foundry Networks. “Arena’s on-demand model liberates us from maintaining costly IT infrastructure and allows us to focus on what we do best, developing innovative networking products.”

In addition to managing product design and development data, Arena PLM enables Foundry to design their products to meet compliance regulations such as RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances). With Arena On-Demand PLM, Foundry can now quickly, easily, and confidently meet the July 1, 2006 RoHS deadline, as well as manage other future and pending regulatory, industry, and safety standards.

“Arena PLM is a great choice for companies like Foundry Networks who have geographically dispersed operations and a global supply chain,” said Michael Topolovac, chief executive officer of Arena Solutions. “With Arena, each stakeholder in the business process can have access to a single, centralized product record without having to incur the cost and complexity of a global deployment.”

About Foundry Networks
Foundry Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY) 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 9,300 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

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