Foundry also announced a new MiniGBIC (Gigabit Interface Connector) module and management module - its first GBIC - for connecting its switches to a backbone via Gigabit Ethernet. The module allows for up to eight Gigabit Ethernet ports per slot. The management module is a switch processing blade that provides intelligence for Foundry switches and has an integrated eight-port MiniGBIC.
The MiniGBIC module and management module are available now and cost US$8,500 and $12,500, respectively. Foundry IronView II will be available in March. Pricing was not available at press time. IronWare 7.2 is available for free to Foundry customers with support contracts.