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Lucent Technologies Unveils VPN Alliance

Lucent Technologies Inc. Monday launched a program to provide resellers and enterprise customers virtual private network application and infrastructure solutions.

Spearheaded by Lucent, the Virtual Private Network Alliance features a host of vendors in technology, professional service and Internet service provider arenas. Standouts from these sectors who joined the alliance include Sun Microsystems Inc., Baker Communications and UUNET.

The stategic alliance is aimed at resellers and enterprise customers who need a complete VPN solution -- VPN-capable routers for offices, a VPN/firewall, integrated VPN client support and centralized security management for the network.

Through all of this, Lucent has pledged to offer infrastructure and application vendors solutions that can complement Lucent's secure VPN portfolio. The portfolio, which includes Lucent's VPN Firewall Brick, the Lucent IPSec client and Lucent Security Management Server, as well as the Access Point multiservice access routers and the family of Pipeline and SuperPipe access routers, has built-in Application Programming Interfaces that allow technology partners to quickly make their products work with the Secure VPN portfolio.

Ron Silver, senior marketing manager for the VPNA in Lucent's Edge Access Systems/WAN VPN Group, said the play would give clientele "a one-stop shop for buying all of their VPN infrastructure and application products plus a full suite of professional services and Internet access services."

The VPNA's price scale is as follows: a typical enterprise solution with 300 employees at the central office and 10 remote offices, would cost from $10,000 to $15,000 to fully integrate multiple VPN Firewall Bricks and a Security Management Server; a mid-sized business solution with 50 to 300 employees at a central location, and from one to 10 remote offices is $5,000 to $10,000; a typical branch office solution with not more than 25 employees is $3,000 to $5,000.

VPNA solutions and services are available now in the U.S., Canada and Europe and worldwide coverage is planned later this year.

By the end of September, Lucent said it will spin off its enterprise communications systems, business cabling and LAN-based data networking businesses into a separate company focused on delivering next-generation communications networks for enterprises.

"Cooperation between the SunTone certification and branding program and VPNA enables us to move forward aggressively in meeting our common goals of bringing reliable, scalable and secure systems delivery to the Internet," said Tim Dwyer, vice president of marketing for the Network Service Provider Division. "Sun servers continue to be the leading platform for VPNA members to deliver cutting edge security products to service providers."