On Tuesday, Nortel Networks introduced a module based on its Alteon Web switching technology that that adds Layer 4-7 capabilities to its existing Passport 8600 network switch.
The module is priced at US$35,000 and is now available, as is a complete Passport 8600 package for $180,000 with the Alteon technology onboard.
Officials said Nortel would also include the Web switching technology in a new Alteon Switched Firewall System that can process up to 3.2G bit/sec. of network data and up to 400,000 concurrent user sessions. The Nortel firewall system works with the Check Point Firewall-1 product from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. in Redwood City, Calif.