Nokia launches new security appliances

Nokia has launched new network security appliances aimed at large enterprises, smaller businesses and branch offices.

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Nokia has launched new network security appliances aimed at large enterprises, smaller businesses and branch offices.

The company has rolled out a pair of new products: the Nokia IP690 is designed to scale up with the security needs of large companies and the IP290 to pack power into a small amount of rack space.

Security equipment was one driver of 9% growth in global telecommunications and data network equipment spending in 2006, according to Infonetics Research. The research company expects total spending, which hit $123m (£61.5m) last year, to reach $148bn (£74bn) by 2010.

Nokia's security appliance group focuses on building high-performance boxes and has a partnership with Check Point Software Technologies through which channel partners put that company's applications on the Nokia platform, said Allison Taylor, product marketing manager in Nokia's security and mobile connectivity division.

The IP690 is based on a multicore, multithreaded Intel processing platform to accommodate future software, including applications from other vendors, Taylor said. It is Nokia's first appliance based on this kind of architecture.

But the main thrust of the new hardware is performance and future-proofing. It can handle as much as 7Gbps (Gigabits per second) of traffic, comes with a standard dual power supply and can be equipped with optional mirrored hard disks. The system's processing power can also be upgraded with accelerated data path (ADP) cards. The new appliance matches the existing IP560 for sheer power but is geared toward a lower price point and managing multiple threats, she said. The IP560 will continue to be updated.

The IP690 can run Check Point's VPN-1 Unified Threat Management (UTM) suite, which includes firewall, virtual private network (VPN), antivirus, URL filtering and intrusion prevention capabilities, or the lower end Check Point Power and VPN-1 applications. Nokia is also offering the IP690 Intrusion Prevention appliance, which runs Sourcefire software. It acts as a 1Gbps sensor to examine traffic that can then be handled by the Nokia Defence Centre server.

With the IP290, Nokia wants to deliver higher performance to branch offices and small headquarters in a compact device. It takes up one-half of a standard 1U rack space, has 1.5Gbps of throughput and can run the Check Point VPN-1 UTM suite. Users can fit two IP290s in a single rack space for redundancy. Nokia also introduced the IP290 Intrusion Prevention, which can serve as a 100M bps sensor using Sourcefire software and can also be paired with the other IP290 appliance in a 1U rack shelf, Taylor said.

The IP690 is priced starting at $29,995 (£15,000) and the IP290 at $3,995 (£2000). Both are available now through Nokia's channel partners.

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