Secure networking boxes get more resiliency

A new line of network appliances and updated software from Neoteris Inc. is designed to add the capability for smooth failure-recovery to secure connections between companies and their partners and remote employees.

The company’s “instant virtual extranet” (IVE) appliances sit behind the firewall at a central company facility and lets remote users set up a secure connection to central resources through a standard client system. Two new boxes Neoteris introduced this month can be connected in pairs or clusters and “fail over” smoothly if one breaks down. The new version of Neoteris’s software, also being rolled out this month, will allow smooth failover on the company’s existing devices, too, said Jason Matlof, vice-president of marketing and business development at Neoteris.

Neoteris this month also unveiled its Access 3000 and Access 5000 devices. The 3000 is intended for customers that want to give business partners secure remote access to data and applications at a company facility, and the 5000 is for companies that expect a high volume of remote-access traffic from both types of users. The 5000 is Neoteris’ most powerful product yet, with support for as many as 2,500 concurrent sessions. Two of the 3000s can be linked in a “cluster pair,” and as many as eight of the 5000s can be clustered. Also this month, Neoteris

unveiled the Access 1000, designed for companies to give employees secure remote access. That model does not have clustering capability.

The 1000 replaces the current Employee Access product in the Neoteris line, with the new software and slightly higher processing performance, Matlof said. The 3000 replaces the Partner Access product and has significantly greater performance. The 5000 is a new class of device for very large organizations.

The paired or clustered devices can be used in an “active-passive” setup, with one remaining dormant as long as the other is working properly, or they can all be used at once.

The enhancements should help the Neoteris technology move from limited use into mass installations across a company, said Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at The Yankee Group, in Boston.

“These are the kinds of things you need to adopt to get people to deploy it ubiquitously to all the end users,” Kerravala said.

Not having to restart a session in case of system failure improves the user experience, he said.

“You need simplicity of delivery and consistency of experience” to get users to embrace a security technology, Kerravala said.

The Access 1000 will be priced starting at US$9,995, the Access 3000 at US$29,995 and the Access 5000 at US$39,995. All are available now.

– IDG News Service