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Testing begins on IronBridge router’s ability to exploit new IP service opportunities

IronBridge Networks Incorporated, a developer of optically based terabit routers, has announced that the UK’s biggest Internet backbone provider has completed installation of its SwiftCOR system and begun beta testing. The IronBridge routers, equipped with an industry-first virtual routing capability and ten times faster than competing gigabit core network routers, will enable Energis to evaluate the scalability of this technology to meet rising traffic demands and create new classes of differentiated, secure and reliable Internet services. Energis, which carries a significant proportion of the UK’s backbone Internet traffic, is the first Internet provider in that market to test terabit-speed routers.

"SwiftCOR routers give us a new range of potential opportunities to enhance our network and service offerings," said Chris Burke, chief technical officer at Energis, who cited the company’s strong interest in meeting fast-growing demands in the UK for high-speed transport of multimedia content across the Internet. "With installation in our test laboratory successfully completed, we look forward to evaluating SwiftCOR’s capacity and performance features."

The SwiftCOR platform allows top-tier NSPs (Network Service Providers) such as Energis to provide their customers - regional Internet Service Providers (ISPs) - with the ability to monitor and manage their own networks and extend their geographic reach. Through SwiftCOR’s virtual routing capability, ISPs gain network services that are completely separate and secure from other traffic, and the ability to manage their portion of the network, including direct control over Class of Service and the administration of Internet addresses. Virtual routers, which expand each physical router’s capacity to that of as many as 64 independent routers, enable regional ISPs to expand their territory without investing millions of dollars in Internet core hardware.

"We’re enthusiastic that Energis sees SwiftCOR terabit routers as the potential solution to surging demand for Internet services and the current limitations inherent in using clusters of gigabit routers," said IronBridge president Paul Lazay. "SwiftCOR produces predictable performance at traffic loads of more than 90 percent and will scale to meet increasing demands for at least the next five years."

About IronBridge Networks Incorporated

IronBridge Networks Incorporated develops, markets and supports carrier-class Internet infrastructure products that enable the world’s largest service providers to scale network capacity to terabit speeds, while simultaneously increasing network integrity and operational efficiency. IronBridge’s SwiftCOR terabit router provides the performance carriers need to fully utilise bandwidth made available by the latest optical networking technology. SwiftCOR features virtual backbone routers, a unique feature that allows network providers to offer value-added services tailored to customer’s needs. IronBridge is funded with $85 million in capital and is based in Lexington, Mass. For more information, visit the company web site at

SwiftCORTM, SwiftSightTM, SwiftOSTM and SwiftPathTM are trademarks of IronBridge Networks Incorporated.

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