May 07, 2002, 6:22 PM — Fueled by the trend toward secure telecommuting, a handful of security and networking companies attending the Networld+Interop conference in Las Vegas announced new firewall/VPN (virtual private network) appliances Tuesday.
SonicWall Inc. announced its new Tele3 TZ appliance, which allows workers who have home networks connecting multiple PCs in their houses to attach their work PC to a separate port on the device, thereby keeping their work PC on a different network than their home network, said David Dorosin, director of product management at Sunnyvale, California, SonicWall.
The Tele3 TZ achieves this physical and logical separation by adding a second networking port to the device for the remote worker to plug their computer into, Dorosin said. The device can also be configured so that the second port, or work port, will be the only way that has access to the corporate VPN, thereby blocking any unintentional or malicious access to a corporate network from the home, he said.
A VPN is a method of securely connecting to a corporate network using the public Internet.
The new device includes support for User Level Authentication, which requires that a user authenticate themselves to the device or to a remote server before they are granted access to the VPN, Dorosin said. The Tele3 TZ also sports a firewall and can integrate antivirus and content scanning software, he said.
The box will be available in Europe and North America this month, with availability in Asia coming a few weeks later, he said. The Tele3 TZ will sell for US$545.
Also looking to hit the home worker and remote office market is Huntsville, Alabama, Adtran Inc., which added two new devices to its NetVanta line of Firewall/VPN combination boxes on Monday. Both devices offer VPNs, firewalls and NAT (Network Address Translation) routing that are compliant with IPSec (IP Security), said Eric Lewis, product manager for the Adtran enterprise networks division.
The higher-end NetVanta 2400 offers 45M bps (bits per second) of 3DES encrypted throughput, support for up to 1,000 simultaneous VPN connections, unlimited users and three 10/100 Ethernet ports, Lewis said. The box, which is aimed at larger enterprises, will be priced at $5,895.
The new NetVanta 2050, aimed at home users and small offices, offers 2M-bps 3DES throughput, two 10/100 Ethernet ports and five simultaneous VPN connections, Lewis said. The box sells for $495.