Check Point brings out budget VPN

Cheap and cheerful

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ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd is targeting network administrators with cheap-n-cheerful virtual private network software, VPN-1 Net, released this week. The company has also rebranded its VPN-1 Gateway product as VPN-1 Pro, to reflect the feature differences of its product line.

Product manager Raphael Reich said the Net offering is aimed at communications or network administrators that do not have purchasing responsibility for security products. Check Point's strategy has been to take its VPN products into firewall accounts, or to offer the combined package, but has neglected the opportunity to sell to companies where there is a need to set up a quick VPN without the additional complexity of a firewall.

"It doesn't have the integrated FireWall-1 granular security functionality" of other Check Point products, such as the flagship VPN-1/Firewall-1 package, said Reich. The software can be deployed in a "one-click" fashion, and costs $1,000 for a five-tunnel license, a different pricing strategy to the Pro version, where pricing depends on the number of nodes (PCs, servers, etc) that need to be protected.

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