Enterasys Routers Target Regional Offices

Network equipment maker Enterasys Networks has unveiled two new router platforms for corporate regional offices and data centers featuring beefed-up security.

The XSR-3000 and XSR-4000 integrate wide-area network , virtual private networking and firewall technologies.

Test users include Franciscan University, one of the Andover, Mass., company’s stable of higher-education customers. The XSR-3000 and XSR-4000, along with new WAN interfaces, will be generally available in July 2003.

Lawrence Orans, an analyst at IT research firm Gartner, said companies want networking devices that can be managed remotely, but give similar performance and security to gear located in corporate headquarters.

“These capabilities are becoming even more important as enterprises deploy high-end services such as voice-over Internet protocol and video,” Orans said.

Enterasys, one of the networking companies that spun out of Cabletron Systems, said the equipment is standards-based and fits into existing multi-vendor networks and minimizes retraining requirements.

Like other network equipment vendors, Enterasys has endured two rocky years as corporations have delayed or canceled orders because of the poor economy.

Late last month, however, the firm stuck by its earlier goal of “achieving modest revenue growth, market share gains, sustainable positive operating cash flow, and profitability by the end of 2003.”

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