Looking to one up the competition, Avaya has introduced a line of security gateway products that combine VPN, firewall, and IP telephony support in a single device.
A convergence strategist at Avaya, Lawrence Byrd, said the five new gateways could also be centrally managed and were designed to secure remote and branch offices.
"Fifty-three per cent of employees now work outside of their headquarters," said Byrd, citing an unknown study and source. "Customers want to run and manage a distributed enterprise that supports tele-workers, mobile workers, and the remote and branch offices."
The new line of gateways includes the SG5, SG5X, SG200, SG203, and SG208. The SG5 and SG5X are designed for a single user at a home office, while the SG203 and SG208 are designed to support as many as 3,000 remote users and 8,000 users, respectively. The SG200 is targeted at branch offices.
The gateways also come with VPN client software that runs on Windows and PocketPC, senior manager, WAN and security solutions at Avaya, Jim Su, said.
He said that the new line was the successor to Avaya's VSU line of VPN gateways, which did not come with integrated firewalls.
"Just doing VPN is not enough," said Su. "Customers need a VPN to do IP telephony too."
He said the gateways support IP telephony by opening a port for IP traffic and that it could identify and prioritise that voice traffic over other traditional data traffic.
The line is available now and prices range from $US695 to $US14,995.