Vendors to Display VPN Products

BOSTON (05/05/2000) - V-One Corp. and Cybernet Systems Corp. will present new VPN (virtual private network) products at the Networld+Interop conference in Las Vegas next week.

V-One's Smartguard, which has been available since Monday, is aimed at medium-sized business, and is fast to install, allowing users to quickly configure it to enable tighter network security and remote access, according to the company. It features a user-authentication system, a user access control database, encryption capabilities and an adaptive firewall. It also has an integrated database, but can use third-party databases.

SmartGuard's appeal lies in its simplicity, said user Gary Berzak, chief executive officer and chief technology officer at Tribeca Technologies LLC.

"Since it is a network application you don't have to worry about performance issues on your primary servers being impacted by the remote users like is the case with Windows 2000," he said.

SmartGuard is priced from US$7,450 for 50 users to $9,450 for unlimited users.

As for Cybernet, its Linux-based NetMAX VPN Server Suite, expected to be available in June, will feature an enhanced version of existing NetMAX Firewall software, and can be installed in a short time. It is a software server for Intel-based machines.

The software will be priced at $500, said Rob Faulkner, the company's director of marketing.

Both companies are in a hot market, according to Abner Germanow, an analyst with International Data Corp. (IDC), who expects a lot of activity when it comes to firewall products.

"You gain a lot of flexibility, it is less expensive than WAN (wide area network). Name your device, VPN will get to it," he said, referring to how the market is expanding.

VPN has been increasing in popularity as an alternative to WAN, according to industry observers.

V-One, in Germantown, Maryland, can be reached at +1-301-515-5200 or http://www.v-one.com/. Cybernet, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, can be reached at +1-734-668-2567 or http://www.cybernet.com/.

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