Feeds

HP lifts the kimono on secure router

Packetastic

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

HP has announced the ProCurve Secure Router 7000dl series, a branch office router range with built-in security and mobile access features. The kit starts shipping in April and is cheaper than Cisco equivalents, HP says.

By launching secure routers, HP is tapping into a growth area in anotherwise flat market. Worldwide enterprise router revenues were totalling $816m in 4Q04 and $3.4bn in 2004, down two per cent both for the quarter and the full year, analyst firm Infonetics Research estimates. Cisco dominates enterprise router sales with 84 per cent revenue share.

The ProCurve Secure Router 7000dl extends HP's ProcCurve networking range from the LAN switch into the router market. 7000dl series routers will connect enterprise branch offices to wide area networks. They incorporate a firewall to help protect against denial of service attacks and support 802.1X authentication, a popular means to bolster the security of wireless networks. The devices also offer Virtual Private Network features, providing a means for SMEs to roll out remote access to workers.

The first two products in the ProCurve WAN range are the 7102dl and 7203dl routers. The 7102dl has two slots and supports up to four T1/E1 connections. The 7203dl router features two slots and one wide slot to support modular WAN interface cards. It can support up to 12 T1/E1 connections. The 7102dl and 7203dl routers will cost between $1,499 and $2,999.

Switching is bitching

HP this week alsoannounced the April 2005 availability of an Access Controller Module for its ProCurve Switch 5300xl hardware. The technology costs from $5,499 and designed to remove the need for authentication software on a user's client, making it easier to roll-out secure WLAN access in larger organisations. In addition to web-based authentication, the Access Controller Module provides bandwidth control, misconfigured service management and proxy redirection.

Earlier this month HP improved its 5300 switches and ProCurve Manager with HP Virus Throttle, software that restrict the spread of computer viruses on corporate LANs. Virus Throttle focuses on the behaviour of malicious code rather than on its content. This enables response to previously unseen threats without having updated anti-virus signatures. By slowing or blocking suspect traffic until administrators have time to act. Connection-rate filtering in the ProCurve Switch 5300xl enables users to avoid the debilitating bandwidth-hogging effects of worms such as Nimda.®

Related stories

HP raises wireless profile
HP talks networks
Cisco overhauls security line-up
Cisco ups sales, misses estimates

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd
There's an Atom-powered offering, too
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.