Feeds

Nokia touts firewall certification

Handpicked partners

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

Nokia Internet Communications Inc, the Nokia Corp internet appliance subsidiary, will today take the wraps off an interoperability certification program for security appliances it has been quietly operating for the last seven months, and will reveal the first batch of "hand-picked" partners.

The aim of the program is to provide customers with a stamp of approval that third-party software works with Nokia's popular firewalls. Software developers taking part in the program will port their software to Nokia's IPSO operating system, and make it available either on standalone Nokia boxes or bundled with Nokia firewalls appliances.

"We will sell more boxes because of this program, our customers will save more time because of this program, and our partners will sell more software because of this program," said Nokia VP of product management Dan MacDonald. He added: "We will selectively invite partners based on market demand. It's a hand-picked scenario, it's not open."

Initial partners come from the field of network management, content filtering and firewall management software. Named companies in the final stages of approval include: HP (for OpenView) BMC Software, Concord Communications, FishNet, OpenService, Permeo, SurfControl, and Tripwire.

Nokia's firewall appliances use the company's proprietary IPSO operating system, a "hardened" version of the open-source FreeBSD OS. Alliance partners will be given a software development kit that exposes ISPO APIs, to allow partners to port their software to the operating system and run on Nokia boxes without compromising security.

Nokia firewalls actually run Check Point Software Technologies Ltd's popular Firewall-1/VPN-1 firewall software. As such, companies already certified under Check Point's OPSEC interoperability program will have the best chance of getting "Nokia OK" validation, MacDonald said, although OPSEC is not required.

© ComputerWire

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.