Cisco + Altiga Networks = new VPN solutions

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Through the recent acquisition of Altiga Networks, Cisco can provide enterprise customers with an integrated, leadership solution to address remote access virtual private networks (VPN) requirements.

The solution is anchored by the new Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrator series, providing scalable aggregation for enterprise-class deployment and central site aggregation of single user and remote office connections. It also includes an integrated VPN client, for secure, end-to-end encrypted traffic capabilities. An extensive web-based management architecture provides tools for simplifying installation, configuration and monitoring.

“Cisco has clearly raised the stakes with its intelligent broadband VPN strategy,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst for Infonetics Research. “Cisco’s internetworking presence, channel strength, VPN solutions, and recent VPN acquisitions strongly position the company for market leadership.”

Craig Darling, network analyst for IDEXX, said: “IDEXX has been a customer of Altiga and Cisco, and we look forward to the ongoing integration of Altiga’s offerings into the Cisco product portfolio.”

“Through the acquisition and quick integration of Altiga’s product line, Cisco is delivering solutions for almost any enterprise customer requirement,” said Richard Palmer, vice president of Cisco VPN and security solutions group. “Companies are now leveraging the Internet for business advantage and are demanding comprehensive VPN solutions to address business-critical needs.”

VPNs have become the logical solution for remote access to corporate enterprises by helping companies reduce expenses while allowing mobile workers, telecommuters and day extenders to take advantage of improved broadband connectivity.

The new Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrator series includes an easy-to-use VPN client, scalable VPN tunnel termination devices and a management system that enables corporations to easily install, configure and monitor their remote access VPNs. Based on a remote access architecture, the series allows corporations to build high-performance, scalable and robust VPN infrastructures for mission-critical remote access applications.

There are four models in the Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrator series: the new 3005 Concentrator; the upgradable 3015 Concentrator, targeted at small- to mid-sized companies; the 3030 Concentrator, which is designed for mid-sized companies, and the 3060 Concentrator for large organizations.

In support of the Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrator series, Cisco also introduced the Cisco VPN 3000 monitor. This new utility collects statistics, displays high level status information and allows administrators to collect more granular detail about each device on the VPN.

Network security, one of the commonest concerns among customers considering VPN implementation, is a key benefit of the Cisco portfolio. The market leading Cisco Secure PIX Firewall family delivers security and performance with VPN capabilities.

The PIX family now includes the Cisco Secure PIX 506 Firewall, designed for small branch offices and the small business market. Fully IPsec compliant, the PIX appliance gives enterprise-class security, performance and VPN capabilities at an entry-level price: less than $2,000. The Cisco Secure PIX Firewall family also includes the PIX 515 firewall for small-to-medium sized businesses and the PIX 520 firewall for large enterprises.

New Cisco products include the:

Cisco VPN 3005 Concentrator solution which is ideal for customers requiring a smaller number of remote access sessions and for service providers offering customer-premises-equipment (CPE) managed services.

Cisco VPN 3000 monitor, a software application for centralized monitoring, alert and data collection on multiple concentrators.

Cisco Secure PIX™ Firewall 506, an enterprise-class security appliance for small business and small branch offices.

Cisco Secure Policy Manager 2.0, a powerful, VPN-optimized security policy management system for the enterprise.

VPN module for Cisco 1700 series access router providing accelerated VPN services for small branch offices.

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