Nortel VPN gateway, software handle a mix of VPN traffic

* Nortel releases VPN Gateway 3070

Nortel has come out with a VPN gateway device and software that supports SSL and IPSec VPNs simultaneously.

The device, called VPN Gateway 3070, has the ability to handle a mix of VPN traffic for up to 4,000 remote users at a time. It performs Triple-DES encryption at 600M bit/sec, and costs $25,000.

The box supports a new version of Nortel's VPN software that enables network layer connections to the SSL VPN via downloadable XML agents. This allows remote users to gain access to networks as if they were working at a LAN-based machine. Other SSL remote access vendors have had this capability for some time.

The software also supports host checking, which is the ability to inventory a remote PC as it authenticates to a VPN to see if it is configured in compliance with corporate security policies and if not, to deny access. Again, other vendors have had this feature for a while.

The 5.0 software release enables multiple security domains on each appliance, to support different groups that warrant different security profiles. VPN Gateway Version 5.0 also enables clustering multiple devices and is available in mid-December.

For customers that already have a corporate portal for remote access users, the new software supports offloading SSL session processing from Web servers to the VPN Gateway hardware. This lifts a processing burden from Web servers and improves their performance.

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