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Integrated network and security products coming from 3Com

3Com looks to challenge Cisco's position with new Secure Networking Fabric strategy

Integrated network and security products coming from 3Com
A number of security technologies will be included in the new range.

Networking specialist 3Com is lining up to take on Cisco with the announcement that it is planning a new integration of security and networking product.

The line will include both new firewall and VPN wares, initially in the US.

The vendor is including its TippingPoint intrusion prevention system (IPS) technology and its H3C enterprise network and security solutions in the network and security integration to deliver a unified product line that combines security, network infrastructure and policy management.

This move from 3Com - which tops off its Secure Network Fabric strategy announced earlier this year under the premise of offering "no compromise" networks - is a direct play to entice enterprise customers away from market giant Cisco. Though this converged solution has been sold in China for months, it is not yet clear when it will be available in the Middle East.

"The proliferation of internal and application-specific network security threats and the burden of compliance initiatives have greatly increased network security complexity and management costs," stated Saar Gillai, 3Com senior vice president, worldwide products and solutions.

"To address this, we are integrating our industry-leading TippingPoint IPS with our H3C networking and security solutions to increase the level and sophistication of security services that enterprises should expect without sacrificing network performance," added Gillai.

The integrated solutions can be controlled by a central management policy framework and system that provides the end-user with a single view of security devices and network operations.

"The integrated management framework will allow our customers to realise better protection, greater operational efficiency, reduced response times, and lower cost-per-incident," concluded Gillai.

The fact that the vendor is moving towards full integration of its security and networking solutions that can be centrally managed is being widely supported by analysts in the market who point out that end-users are looking to consolidate and centralise their IT networks and systems.

Phil Hochmuth, senior analyst at connectivity research and analysis company the Yankee Group, said about the 3Com strategy: "Enterprise network perimeters are dissolving as businesses open their doors to allow new levels of collaboration and interconnectivity with partners and customers. As a result of this, security must become pervasive throughout the network layer, which includes the switch fabric, as well as WLANs and the WAN. The integration of TippingPoint and H3C security technology into H3C's networking portfolio is a good example of this overall movement towards a converged network security and infrastructure."

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