Lucent's Secure VPN portfolio presents new hardware and software products: routers, firewall-based VPN gateways,
integrated VPN clients and security management systems
Singapore, 01 July 2000 - The notable issue dealing with remote access is security.
Employees and partners need access to corporate email or applications, but such accessibility invites invasion.
The traditional methods of remote access may be secure, but at a higher financial cost from long distance calls.
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are the popular answer to secure, yet flexible access for telecommuting employees,
as well as office-to-office connectivity.
Basically a VPN consists of software in client PCs connecting across the Internet (or office Intranet) into
a server. The data is encrypted at both ends, and there are several methods of user authentication. The setup time
for a VPN may be somewhat lengthy, but the benefit is in the long-term cost-reduction.
Lucent Technologies has announced the availability of their
Secure VPN portfolio in Asia.
"In the evolving e-business environment, corporations will depend upon the ability to achieve global, secure
access to their customers, partners and employees," said Ron Chan, vice-president of product marketing, WAN
VPN Group, Lucent Technologies. "Corporate IT budgets are being stretched thinner and thinner, while bandwidth
demands are growing."
Chan claims that Lucent's routers are 2 to 5 times faster than that of their competitors, while being available
at half the price.
Lucent's VPN gateway solution includes a fully integrated suite of VPN Firewall, IPSec client
and policy management products for large-scale remote access environments or for customers who require a
dedicated VPN security device.
"If you don't need it today, you'll need it tomorrow," said Chan, with regards to the integration
of Lucent's solution.
Other solutions also include:
| ||New Pipeline and SuperPipe VPN software release with better scale and
manageability for large-sclae remote branch VPNs. The new release supports dynamic Internet Key Exchange (IKE).
X.509 based Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) support and enhanced user authentication options.|
| ||New release of Lucent Security Management Server (LSMS v5.0) extending
its policy management capabilities to now include the Pipeline and SuperPipe products with the currently managed
VPN Firewall, and IPSec client products.|
| ||Lucent VPN Firewall Brick 80, the new low-end member of the Lucent
VPN Firewall product line.|
| ||Enhancements to the IPSec client, adding additional security and ease
of deployment features, such as single point-and-click user installation with central LSMS defination and distribution
of security profiles. The new client software also includes a personal edition firewall, for telecommuters requiring
secure access to a VPN via a shared network media such as cable or DSL.|
Pricing and availability
The VPN products include a full line of Access Point, SuperPipe and Pipeline routers, the VPN Firewall Brick 201,
LSMS policy management software and an IPSec client. The new Pipeline and SuperPipe router software will be available
at no additional charge. The new VPN Firewall Brick 80 is expected to be priced under US$5,000.
Lucent Technologies is headquartered in New Jersey, USA and designs and builds a large range of public and private
networks, communucations systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronic
components. Bell Labs is the research and developement arm for the company.