FORE Systems' ESX-4800 Verified as Fastest Multi-Gigabit Routing Switch Ever Tested by Strategic Networks

ESX-4800 Tests at 38 Million Packets Per Second



Oct 21, 1998, 01:00 ET from FORE Systems, Inc.

    ATLANTA, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- NetWorld+Interop Booth #5537 -- FORE
 Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   FORE), a leading global supplier of multiservice
 networking solutions, announced today that the new ESX(TM)-4800 multi-Gigabit
 routing switch was determined to be the fastest switch ever tested by
 Strategic Networks Consulting, Inc., Needham, Massachusetts, a leading network
 consultancy firm.
     In a series of benchmark tests conducted by Strategic Networks, in
 conjunction with the ZD Testing and Analysis Group, at Netcom Systems'
 SmartLab, the ESX-4800 demonstrated its Application Aware(TM) capabilities,
 yielding superior switching, routing, and multicast results.  The ESX-4800
 also surpasses performance claims for switches made by other leading switch
 manufacturers, by routing more than 38 million packets per second (Mpps) of
 64 byte IP packets under a fully meshed configuration.
     In other benchmark tests related to packet classification and multicast
 performance, the ESX-4800 successfully classified up to 68.5 Mpps and handled
 multiple wire-speed multicast streams without packet loss.  All tests were
 conducted using Netcom Systems' Gigabit and Fast Ethernet SmartBits test
 equipment at the Netcom Systems SmartLab.  A full report and results of these
 tests can be viewed at www.snci.com.
     While there are a number of switches touting good IP routing performance
 numbers, the ESX-4800 offers superior packet processing technology to handle
 gigabit rate packet classification and gigabit rate multicast.  "These
 features are extremely critical for deploying multiservice, policy-powered
 networks," said Neil Viljoen, vice president of product marketing for FORE
 Systems.
     FORE's new ESX line of integrated network services switches, announced
 yesterday, provides the first platforms to utilize innovative Application
 Aware technology, enabling a network to recognize the type of traffic flowing
 across it, empowering network managers to prioritize specific types of traffic
 over others.
     FORE's new generation of policy-driven, Application Aware switching
 platforms are based on Windows NT and advanced, stateful Application Aware
 ASICs.  "Windows NT Server opens up new opportunities for communications
 vendors," said Jawad Khaki, general manager for Windows networking and
 communications at Microsoft Corp.  "We're impressed by the performance
 demonstrated by FORE's new routing switches as it illustrates the scalable
 solutions that Windows NT Server enables."
     Embedding Windows NT directly into the switching platform lets FORE
 provide an integrated set of network services to control the network
 infrastructure and address the demands of network-centric applications.  By
 employing an industry-standard network operating system, FORE can partner with
 best-in-class independent vendors and pursue a value-sharing business model
 that ensures continuous innovation and investment protection for customers.
     About FORE Systems
     FORE Systems is a leading global supplier of networking solutions based on
 an Intelligent Infrastructure(TM) designed to handle the networked
 applications of today and tomorrow.
     FORE's Networks of Steel(TM) deliver the increased capacity, reduced
 complexity and unparalleled flexibility and scalability necessary to build
 networks that last.  Thousands of enterprise and service provider customers
 worldwide have put FORE Systems' solutions at the heart of their networks.
     For more information on FORE's Networks of Steel, call 888-404-0444 or
 visit the FORE Systems web site at www.fore.com.
     This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to
 products, customers, future growth and other matters.  Please refer to the
 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by FORE Systems with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission in June 1998, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed
 by FORE Systems in August 1998, for a discussion of risks that could cause
 actual results to differ materially from such statements.
 
     All FORE Systems' editorial information and graphics can be found on
 NEWSdesk, the high-tech Internet Network at http://www.newsdesk.com.
 
     FORE Systems is a registered trademark of FORE Systems, Inc.  Intelligent
 Infrastructure, Application Aware, Networks of Steel and ESX are trademarks of
 FORE Systems, Inc.  All other brand or product names are trademarks of their
 respective holders.
 
 

SOURCE FORE Systems, Inc.
    ATLANTA, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- NetWorld+Interop Booth #5537 -- FORE
 Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   FORE), a leading global supplier of multiservice
 networking solutions, announced today that the new ESX(TM)-4800 multi-Gigabit
 routing switch was determined to be the fastest switch ever tested by
 Strategic Networks Consulting, Inc., Needham, Massachusetts, a leading network
 consultancy firm.
     In a series of benchmark tests conducted by Strategic Networks, in
 conjunction with the ZD Testing and Analysis Group, at Netcom Systems'
 SmartLab, the ESX-4800 demonstrated its Application Aware(TM) capabilities,
 yielding superior switching, routing, and multicast results.  The ESX-4800
 also surpasses performance claims for switches made by other leading switch
 manufacturers, by routing more than 38 million packets per second (Mpps) of
 64 byte IP packets under a fully meshed configuration.
     In other benchmark tests related to packet classification and multicast
 performance, the ESX-4800 successfully classified up to 68.5 Mpps and handled
 multiple wire-speed multicast streams without packet loss.  All tests were
 conducted using Netcom Systems' Gigabit and Fast Ethernet SmartBits test
 equipment at the Netcom Systems SmartLab.  A full report and results of these
 tests can be viewed at www.snci.com.
     While there are a number of switches touting good IP routing performance
 numbers, the ESX-4800 offers superior packet processing technology to handle
 gigabit rate packet classification and gigabit rate multicast.  "These
 features are extremely critical for deploying multiservice, policy-powered
 networks," said Neil Viljoen, vice president of product marketing for FORE
 Systems.
     FORE's new ESX line of integrated network services switches, announced
 yesterday, provides the first platforms to utilize innovative Application
 Aware technology, enabling a network to recognize the type of traffic flowing
 across it, empowering network managers to prioritize specific types of traffic
 over others.
     FORE's new generation of policy-driven, Application Aware switching
 platforms are based on Windows NT and advanced, stateful Application Aware
 ASICs.  "Windows NT Server opens up new opportunities for communications
 vendors," said Jawad Khaki, general manager for Windows networking and
 communications at Microsoft Corp.  "We're impressed by the performance
 demonstrated by FORE's new routing switches as it illustrates the scalable
 solutions that Windows NT Server enables."
     Embedding Windows NT directly into the switching platform lets FORE
 provide an integrated set of network services to control the network
 infrastructure and address the demands of network-centric applications.  By
 employing an industry-standard network operating system, FORE can partner with
 best-in-class independent vendors and pursue a value-sharing business model
 that ensures continuous innovation and investment protection for customers.
     About FORE Systems
     FORE Systems is a leading global supplier of networking solutions based on
 an Intelligent Infrastructure(TM) designed to handle the networked
 applications of today and tomorrow.
     FORE's Networks of Steel(TM) deliver the increased capacity, reduced
 complexity and unparalleled flexibility and scalability necessary to build
 networks that last.  Thousands of enterprise and service provider customers
 worldwide have put FORE Systems' solutions at the heart of their networks.
     For more information on FORE's Networks of Steel, call 888-404-0444 or
 visit the FORE Systems web site at www.fore.com.
     This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to
 products, customers, future growth and other matters.  Please refer to the
 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by FORE Systems with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission in June 1998, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed
 by FORE Systems in August 1998, for a discussion of risks that could cause
 actual results to differ materially from such statements.
 
     All FORE Systems' editorial information and graphics can be found on
 NEWSdesk, the high-tech Internet Network at http://www.newsdesk.com.
 
     FORE Systems is a registered trademark of FORE Systems, Inc.  Intelligent
 Infrastructure, Application Aware, Networks of Steel and ESX are trademarks of
 FORE Systems, Inc.  All other brand or product names are trademarks of their
 respective holders.
 
 SOURCE  FORE Systems, Inc.

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