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Nortel introduces VPN Gateway designed to cut remote access costs

Nortel Networks Inc. today announced a security framework that it says can reduce remote access expenses by as muc...


November 4, 2003  


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Nortel Networks Inc. today announced a security framework that it says can reduce remote access expenses by as much as 35 per cent.

The Virtual Private Networking (VPN) products introduced as part of this secure mobility framework include a gateway expected to be the industry’s first to offer both Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) VPNs from the same device.

Also introduced was hardware that will bring SSL VPN capabilities to the existing Nortel Networks Contivity Secure IP Services Gateway portfolio and VPN gateway products; a new Contivity product that offers IPSec VPNs and firewalls for teleworkers and remote offices; a secure VPN portal solution; and enhancements to existing products that bring industry-leading security to both wired and wireless local area networks.

“Providing a comprehensive, integrated approach to managing and enabling secure remote access is critical in today’s mobile environment,” says John Girard, vice president and research director with Gartner Group.

“The remote user needs to be able to focus on their job and not network access issues to be effective. Enterprises will benefit if they are able to use a single VPN platform to provision either SSL or IPSec with common interfaces for management, access controls and user interface.”

Atul Bhatnagar, vice president and general manager of Nortel’s enterprise data networks division, said the framework is designed to increase employee productivity and yield a significantly-lowered total cost of ownership for a remote access infrastructure.


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