Enterasys makes VPN administration easier

By Phil Hochmuth, Network World |  Networking

Enterasys Networks this week unveiled management software intended to lessen the amount of manual client/gateway configuration involved in deploying IPSec-based virtual private networks.

Enterasys' EZ-IPsec software allows network managers to set up the standard VPN security profile assumed by remote users when they connect to a VPN. This eliminates the need for mangers to manually configure network settings between the client and a VPN gateway, settings such as WINS and DNS addresses and encryption algorithms.

The EZ-IPsec tool works with the company's Aurorean line of VPN gateway devices and its Aurorean Policy Server and client software. The product comes with a standard profile of security settings for connecting remote users to a network, which can be altered via a Web browser on any workstation on a LAN.

Enterasys, which spun off from Cabletron one year ago as an independent enterprise network equipment vendor, purchased a large part of its VPN technology when it acquired VPN start-up Indus River for $170 million last August. Enterasys re-branded the Indus River products and introduced its Aurorean line of VPN gear and software in October.

Enterasys' recent plunge into VPN technology could be attributed in part to analysts' huge predictions for the VPN market. Infonetics Research predicts that the worldwide sales of VPN services and equipment will jump from an estimated $6.3 billion last year to $39.7 billion by 2004.

The EZ-IPsec software will come standard with all Enterasys Aurorean gateway products, starting now. Current users of Aurorean gateways can obtain the software free from Enterasys.

Enterasys Networks: www.enterasys.com

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