Feeds

Nokia's Communicator VPN bundle threatens vendors

Cut off their spectrum supply?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

Nokia Corp's decision to bundle a wireless virtual private network (VPN) client with its latest Communicator model could threaten the existence of specialist vendors if the practice becomes widespread. The company also hopes the move will entice new buyers for its established VPN products,

writes Tony Cripps.

The latest Symbian-powered 9210i Communicator comes bundled with Nokia's wireless VPN client software, the first such device to be so enabled out-of-the-box.

The development could leave wireless VPN specialists such as Certicom Corp and Columbitech AB floundering if other device manufacturers choose to bundle their own VPN clients as standard.

Bob Brace, VP of Nokia Mobile Solutions, told ComputerWire that the company may supply its VPN client to other members of the Symbian partnership, a move that would limit the outlets for alternative products from specialist vendors.

This problem could be escalated by Nokia's intention of making the VPN client a free download for users of the earlier 9210 version of the Communicator.

"We're not planing to charge," said Brace "The wireless VPN client licensing model is dated. I'm not sure how other companies that make clients will sell them."

Instead, Nokia sees the inclusion of the VPN client with the 9210i as a carrot to attract buyers to its corporate VPN products.

While interoperability with VPN gateways other than Nokia's own has not been extensively tested, Brace said that the use of the IPSec standard should make the 9210i compatible with most third party options, for instance those from Cisco Systems and Check Point Software Technologies (indeed, Nokia licenses Check Point's VPN technology).

Nokia's wireless VPN technology follows the most usual route of using IPSec for network level security. This is a path also taken by Certicom although a small band of others, notably Sweden's Columbitech, utilize wireless transport layer security (WTLS) to provide wireless VPN security at the application layer.

© Computerwire.com. All rights reserved.

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore
Fresh round of network stats fisticuffs possibly on the cards here
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?