LOOKING TO ENABLE secure broadband Internet connections for virtual private networks (VPNs), Lucent Technologies this week will unveil a VPN portfolio featuring hardware and software.
The Secure VPN products, for service providers and enterprises, mark the integration of systems Lucent gained from its acquisitions of Ascend and Xedia.
Xedia's Access Point routers for quality of service and Ascend's Pipeline remote-access routers will be combined with Lucent gateway products.
Other additions to Lucent's package, set to ship this spring, include SuperPipe VPN software, VPN Gateway 80 hardware, Lucent Security Management Server 5.0, and an IPsec client.
Phase two of the portfolio, which will be rolled out later this year, will leverage Security Management Server to give managers the ability to manage the entire set of Lucent security products from a single workstation.
Enterprises are increasingly turning to VPNs as a secure connectivity option for remote workers and for business-to-business access needs, such as pulling suppliers' networks closer to the corporate network.
A high percentage of enterprise users plan to implement VPNs over the next several years to take advantage of benefits such as cost savings and increased connectivity from using a publicly available network, said Tim Smith, principal analyst for wide-area networking at Dataquest, in San Jose, Calif.
"The connectivity piece -- the ability to interface and communicate with business partners and suppliers -- is important," Smith said. "The ubiquitous connectivity afforded by a VPN helps that kind of application."
VPNs are also being deployed in enterprises as an extra security buffer and as a set of feature extensions for WAN services.
"We see a lot of enterprises deploying VPNs as an extension to the security perimeter," said Brian Schulz, managing director of Lucent's VPN products.
By addressing security, Lucent is focusing on a concern enterprise customers face with VPNs.
"Security is the No. 1 area of concern for end-users as they implement VPNs," Smith said. "They are rightfully concerned about putting important corporate data on a public network, but there are security tools available to make VPNs secure."
As part of Lucent's Secure VPN introduction, the company's Enhanced Pipeline and SuperPipe router software will be available at no additional cost to customers who have a software maintenance contract.
The IPsec Client is included with Lucent Security Management Server Version 5.0, which starts at $5,995. The VPN Gateway 80 will range in price from $2,000 to $4,000.
Lucent Technologies Inc., in Murray Hill, N.J., is at www.lucent.com.
Lucent Secure VPN portfolio
* Pipeline and SuperPipe VPN software, which supports public key infrastructure* Lucent Security Management Server Version 5.0, with extended policy management capabilities* VPN Gateway 80 and Gateway 201* IPsec client