Quick Takes: VPNcon roundup

Wes Simonds, Assistant Site Editor

WatchGuard and Alternative Tech link up

WatchGuard Technologies, Seattle, Wash., announces a new distribution agreement with Alternative Technology. Watchguard, which recently shipped a new VPN appliance the company said could scale up to as many as 20, 000 tunnels, will be working with Alternative to offer its products in enterprise-class packages throughout the US and Canada.

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CipherOptics names new CEO

CipherOptics, Raleigh, N.C., announces a new CEO in former Cisco executive Ron Willis, who will be taking the reins from co-founder Mike Doss. The company has also recently released a new security gateway designed to provide encryption of all data at full Gigabit Ethernet wire-speed. The CipherOptics Security Gateway uses Triple DES (3DES) encryption to facilitate IP site-to-site VPNs in existing Gig E networks, said the company, at a price point unmatched elsewhere in the market.


AdTrans unveils two new VPN products

AdTran, Huntsville, Ala., introduced two new VPN solutions to the company's product suite, the NetVanta 2050 and 2400. The NetVanta 2050 is a VPN/Firewall appliance designed for the work-at-home telecommuter or a small office supporting up to 15 users and up to 5 IPSec VPN tunnels. The NetVanta 2400 is an IPSec compliant gateway designed for large corporate needs with support for 1,000 secure tunnels.


MegaPath, Netscreen team

MegaPath Networks, Pleasanton, Calif., is using products from NetScreen Technologies to offer what the company said is cost-effective managed security services. The MegaPath VPN service will be "tightly integrated" with NetScreen's high-performance security appliance, which bundles a firewall, VPN service, and traffic management into one device, it said.


Cisco unveils VPN suite

Cisco Systems, San Jose, Calif., announced its Unified VPN Suite, which the company claims provides "the industry's most complete set of Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN technologies, integrated across Cisco's core and access platform portfolios." Unified VPN delivers new protocols such as Any Transport Over MPLS and Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol version 3.


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