Network Solutions Briefs: Netgear, Iridium, Fujitsu, Nortel

Network Solutions Briefs: Netgear, Iridium, Fujitsu, Nortel

Netgear, SOHOware announce secure routersNetgear and SOHOware have each announced small-office broadband routers that employ Stateful Packet Inspection technology used in enterprise firewalls to prevent hacker attacks. Netgear's FR314 Cable/DSL Firewall Router ($US349) and SOHOware's BroadGuard ($200) each support VPN pass-through, while Netgear's router includes content filtering and reporting features.

Iridium makes comeback

Iridium is getting back on its feet. The satellite telecommunications company, which was on a respirator at the end of last year, is expected to launch commercial voice services this week. Iridium Satellite bought Iridium for $US25 million last year just as Iridium was planning to take its satellites out of service. In December, Iridium Satellite nabbed a two-year, $72 million contract to provide satellite telephone service to the Federal Government, thereby breathing life into the failing company.

Fujitsu inks storage deal

Fujitsu Technology Solutions (FTS) is to offer EMC's Symmetrix enterprise storage systems and software as part of its line of Primepower servers in the US.

The servers are compatible with Sun Microsystem's Solaris operating system and the SPARC processor technology, FTS said.

EMC had previously struck a deal with Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a joint venture between FTS's parent company Fujitsu and Siemens, to distribute similar products in Europe.

In its ongoing effort to snag some server market share away from Sun, FTS last week boosted the top processor speed of its Primepower 800 server from 450MHz to 563MHz. The systems come with 1TB (1000GB) of disk storage per cabinet.

Nortel eyes optical firm

Nortel Networks is in preliminary talks to acquire Lightscape Technologies, a subsidiary of Israel's ECI Telecom which makes optical transport gear, for up to $US800 million, according to reports out of, a business Web site that tracks Israeli companies, said a contingency of 30 Nortel executives were recently in Israel performing due diligence on Lightscape. Lightscape recently announced its XDM optical transport system for metro and regional networks in the US: Lightscape beams from metro to regional nets.

The system combines dense wave division multiplexing and digital cross-connect capabilities for wavelength and sub-wavelength grooming and delivery of Gb data services.

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