Nokia moves to sell firewall-router appliances

Nokia moves to sell firewall-router appliances

By Susan Menke

GCN Staff

Mobile phone giant Nokia Inc. has branched out into IP communications and virtual private network security, based on its experience in supporting wireless networks.

The Irving, Texas, branch of the Finnish company will sell firewall-router security appliances to the federal government through systems integrators SecureIT Inc. of Norcross, Ga., and Netrex Secure Solutions Inc. of Southfield, Mich.

The appliances contain full implementations of FireWall-1 software from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. of Redwood City, Calif., integrated with Nokia's hardened version of the full FreeBSD Unix operating system.

Dave Martin, vice president of marketing for Nokia IP routing, said the full OS is needed to run all parts of FireWall-1, which does encryption, address translation and so-called stateful inspection of all packets. The software comes installed within the appliances as Nokia's IPSO 3.2 environment. Later this fall, Nokia will bring out another version of IPSO that also incorporates the WebSense uniform resource locator filter from NetPartners Internet Solutions Inc. of San Diego and IntruderWatch from OpenService Inc. of Albany, N.Y.

Nokia is working on a management utility to do load-sharing and synchronization among multiple firewalls on intranets and extranets, Martin said.

Other initiatives are hardware acceleration of the 450-MHz Pentium II Nokia platform and future multiprocessor platforms using chips from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif.

To resolve what he termed reachability problems in Internet routing, Martin said IPSO 3.2 can notify the administrator of equipment outages and persistent failures to connect VPN traffic.

The Nokia appliances comply with the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol management information base for Simple Network Management Protocol interoperability.

The firewall-router appliances start around $5,000 for the IP330 rackmount model and go up to about $17,000 for the IP650, which provides high availability.

All models have 10/100-Mbps Ethernet, Fiber Distributed Data Interface, asynchronous transfer mode and serial interfaces. More information appears on the Web, at www.nokia.com.

Contact Nokia at 650-625-2124.

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