Nokia calls in with new firewalls

Nokia calls in with new firewalls

It's a company most people associate with mobile phones. But Finnish-based Nokia also manufactures Internet security appliances, a product line-up that has just doubled in size with the release of four new firewall/VPN devices.

Nokia released the new firewall/VPNs to augment its existing security appliances, according to Jeff Ratzlaff, Nokia's Asia-Pacific director of product technology. The firewalls include two low-end models, IP51 and IP71, two new mid-level enterprise firewalls, IP440 and IP530, and a new flagship carrier-class firewall, the IP740.

Ratzlaff said the additional firewall/VPNs were developed to address customer demands for specific feature sets and functionality. The low-end 51 and 71 models, for example, will typically be deployed in branch or home offices of larger enterprises. The products will enable corporations to manage and maintain security policies from a central location across all office sites.

Nokia expects strong sales from the whole range of its new appliances, which leverage a five-year technology partnership with Check Point Software Technologies that embeds some of Check Point's firewall and VPN functionality directly into the hardware appliance.

Singapore-based Ratzlaff will brief the vendor's Australian channel today to bring partners up to speed on the new developments, as well as introduce the next stage in Nokia's security roadmap: the development of a bandwidth-management device.

Ratzlaff was tight-lipped on details of the intended technology, but said it represents a strategic move for the vendor towards the ultimate goal of having a VPN client on every user device -- including Nokia's mobile phone handsets.

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