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Network Solutions- Briefs

Cisco goes on spending spree

Cisco Systems has announced definitive agreements to acquire privately held Altiga Networks and Compatible Systems for $US567 million in stock. Altiga develops VPN systems for remote access applications, and Compatible makes standards-based VPN products for service provider networks. From Altiga, Cisco will gain an integrated VPN client, remote access gateway and management software for enterprise edge applications, including service provider-managed remote access. Compatible will bring service provider-class IPSec-based VPN service platforms to Cisco. These acquisitions will be accounted for as pooling of interests and are expected to close in the third quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2000. Both have been approved by the board of directors of each company and are subject to various closing conditions.

Check Point doubles users

Check Point Software Technologies has announced it has doubled the number of licensed remote access users for its VPN-1 client software, with more than 10 million copies licensed in the past five months. Check Point Software Technologies' VPN-1 SecuRemote and VPN-1 Secure Client is for mobile workers connecting to corporate networks over the Internet.

Lucent releases new switch

Lucent Technologies has announced the availability of its Cajun P333R switch. It is a stackable switch which has integrated ASIC-based IP routing capability of up to one million packets per second (Mpps) per unit. It also includes an 8Gbps Octaplar stacking architecture which supports up to 10 units in a stack, which can be managed as a single device with one IP address. The Model P333R can be configured either as a full-fledged router or in Lucent's EZ2Route mode.

Intel adds to family

Intel has announced a new family of its PRO/100 S network security-enabled adapters, which are designed for e-commerce network environments to help accelerate network security over the LAN. There is an on-board network encryption co-processor, Intel's PRO/100 S Management Adapter and its PRO/100 S Server Adapter. They feature Intel Single-Driver technology, a common driver set across Intel's existing family of desktop, server and mobile adapters to help simplify network installation and maintenance.