Enterasys-Bluesocket union in the works?

Combination would bring together network security specialists

Speculation is swirling that network equipment maker Enterasys Networks is buying wireless security company Bluesocket, which recently announced its first 802.11n products.

Enterasys would neither confirm nor deny the reports.

"We are a strong supporter of our existing OEM [relationship] with Trapeze Networks," says Trent Waterhouse, Enterasys vice president of marketing. "We understand the market demand for unified wired and wireless" infrastructure.

Enterasys, whose products secure VoIP and other networks, is owned by private equity firm Gores Group. It is possible that Gores may have a deal for Bluesocket in the works that Enterasys is not aware of.

The Gores Group was not immediately available for comment. Neither was Bluesocket, which earlier this year bought Pingtel, a provider of open source IP PBX technology.

Bluesocket President and CEO Mads Lillelund was formerly an executive vice president at Enterasys.

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