SOURCE: Arena Solutions

March 21, 2006 08:00 ET

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

Leading Networking Manufacturer Cites Arena PLM's Ease of Use, Rapid Deployment and Compliance Framework as Key Advantages for Product Development and Management

MENLO PARK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 21, 2006 -- 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 increasing 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 www.foundrynetworks.com.

About Arena Solutions

Arena Solutions is the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management solutions for manufacturing companies of all sizes. As the only true on-demand, secure Internet-based PLM service; Arena PLM provides a superior alternative to complicated, lengthy and expensive traditional PLM software deployments. Through its award-winning service, Arena enables product manufacturers and global outsourced supply chains to streamline their outsourcing, improve operational efficiencies, and speed time-to-market. Offering the broadest suite of on-demand PLM solutions on the market today -- Arena PLM Workgroup Edition, Arena PLM Professional Edition, and Arena PLM Enterprise Edition -- Arena PLM has been adopted by over 15,000 users across companies at all stages of development.

Arena Solutions' market-changing approach to PLM has received significant recognition in the industry, including Manufacturing Business Technology's Top 40 Emerging Vendors, the 2005 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, Industry Week's "Technology of the Year -- Notable Innovators" and Start Magazine's "Hot" Companies.

Founded in February 2000, Arena Solutions is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.arenasolutions.com.

Arena Solutions, Arena PLM Workgroup Edition and Arena PLM Professional Edition are trademarks of Arena Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names are the property of their respective holders.

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