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Cisco Unveils Broadband VPN Solutions

Looking to extend its dominance in the growing virtual private network market, Cisco Systems Inc. Monday rolled out enhanced virtual private network products and technologies for high-bandwidth access.

Cisco's (CSCO) new batch of tools includes cable and broadband telecommuter solutions and support for point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP). These secure end-to-end solutions provide customers with the scalability necessary for enterprise-wide high bandwidth VPN deployments.

Providing cost-effective and secure VPN connectivity for small branch offices and telecommuters, Cisco now features IPSec and Cisco Secure Integrated Software, formerly known as the Cisco IOS Firewall feature set, with firewall, intrusion detection and digital certificate support on a comprehensive suite of VPN-optimized platforms.

Covering today's predominant high-bandwidth technologies, including digital subscriber line (DSL), cable and integrated services digital network (ISDN), these platforms include the Cisco 1400 series DSL router, the Cisco uBR924 cable access router and the Cisco 800 series ISDN router.

"Emerging broadband access solutions are rapidly driving VPN deployments, as together the two technologies provide enterprises with the best of both worlds--the high speed of cable and DSL connections and the cost savings afforded by access VPNs," said Richard Palmer, vice president of Cisco's enterprise wide area network (WAN) business unit.

All products are available now. The Cisco 1400, Ubr924 and 800 routers start at U.S. $1495, $899 and $799, respectively.

The tool cache builds on the intranet and broadband technologies Cisco released last May, including the Cisco Service Management System (CSM). CSM is a suite of network and service management applications designed to reduce costs while allowing service providers to rapidly provision and manage intranet and extranet VPNs. This architecture allows service providers to offer customers access to remote offices, customers, partners, or suppliers over a Cisco router or ATM switching environment.