Intel Debuts New, Speedy Router
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After gauging the public's interest in trading in slower dial-up service for speedy digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet access, Intel Corp. decided to target small business and service providers with a new router that protects the security of "always on" broadband connections.
The chipmaker will unveil the Express 8205 VPN Broadband Router Thursday. The firm claims this device will provide security in a high-performance device that can be installed quickly and easily.
The Intel Express 8205 VPN Broadband Router offloads the processing required to run virtual private networks (VPN) and firewalls on individual PCs, aggregating these functions into a device while helping maintain maximum performance of broadband connections.
Intel Product Line Manager Anni Birgitte Moeller told InternetNews.com the new router relieves users from the burden of networks clogged by a combination of DSL, data encryption and multiple users.
Moeller said that because product uses 3DES IPSec encryption, the router provides VPN throughput up to 1.3 megabits-per-second (Mbps), which will decrease much of the network sluggishness associated with multiple connections and tools.
Moeller also said beta tests for the 8205 router passed muster with California-based Raley's, a family of stores that includes supermarkets, drugstores, restaurants, and warehouses. They used Intel Express 8205 VPN Broadband Routers with Intel NetStructure 3110 VPN Gateways for a total VPN solution connecting all their stores to the Internet.
According to Jupiter Communications, there will be 4 million DSL and cable modem users by year-end 2000, up threefold from the 1.3 million subscribers in 1999. This increase also means more potential security risks, which is where the VPN router comes in.
Intel, competes directly with rivals SonicWall, Netopia and Efficient Networks in making small business supplies. The company is moving in a market space that will not be truly ripe for another four years, according to research firm Infonetics. The research firm estimates that both the VPN and VPN managed care market will top $40 billion by 2004, quadrupling from rates of about $6 billion estimated for the close of 2000.
"The higher VPN performance in this segment allows customers with broadband connections to realize more of the bandwidth for which they are paying, while also enjoying robust security," said Matt Rollender, marketing director, Intel Converged Edge Division.
The new router is an adjunct to Intel's VPN product line. Like its siblings, the router is interoperable with the Intel NetStructure VPN Gateway Family, as well as other third-party VPN products that support the IPSec standard.
The Intel Express 8205 VPN Broadband Router is available for $899.