Network security, wireless technologies, intrusion detection systems (IDS) and Gigabit Ethernet (GE) were among the hot topics showcased at this week's Spring NetWorld+Interop.
Vendors such as Cisco and Enterasys took the wraps off new products which they claim will boost speed and improve performance in the IDS arena.
Cisco launched several content networking and security products, including the IDS 4250 device for high-speed intrusion detection, the IDS 4235 for small and medium sized companies and version 3.1 of its IDS software with web-based management capabilities.
The networking giant also rolled out the Content Services Switch 11503 and 11506 modular content-switching platforms which it said are based on a new distributed processing architecture that integrates Secure Sockets Layer acceleration and rules-based user session recovery.
Cisco rival Enterasys demonstrated its upgraded Dragon IDS product line, due in August.
The products will include a pay-per-performance licensing model that provides customers with three separate pricing schemes to choose from based on network size and bandwidth speeds.
Close to being ratified as a standard with the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 10GE products from companies including Intel, 3Com and Dell were among those highlighted at the show.
In addition, the 10GE Alliance has sponsored the largest 10GE test network during the show, which consists of 19 nodes from 23 different switches, test equipment and other product vendors.
The end-to-end network, spanning over 105 miles of fibre, comprises Ethernet switches from vendors such as Cisco, Enterasys, Extreme Networks, Foundry Networks and Nortel.
3Com outlined its plans to launch a switch for enterprise local area networks (Lans), that will be available in early 2003, which it claims is well suited for future traffic growth and applications because it offers quality of service guarantees.
For its part, Intel announced a 10GE network card and dual-mode IEEE 802.11 wireless Lan products which make it easier for developers to build 10G Ethernet equipment, according to the company.
Dell, a relative newcomer to the Lan market, privately demonstrated intelligent routing switches which will feature 10/100Mbps Ethernet as well as copper and fibre GE capabilities and a computer with GE connectivity.
Meanwhile, VeriSign announced that it had added services including managed firewall, antivirus, intrusion detection and others, as it expands its managed security services offerings.
In addition, the company announced partnerships with ActivCard, Check Point Software, Nokia, Counterpane Internet Security, Enterasys and NetForensics that will allow it to offer products and services from these companies.
Similarly, WorldCom and Internet Security Systems announced an agreement which will deliver services to WorldCom customers with consulting and design, configuration and installation, maintenance, software upgrades, and 24/7 management services provided by Internet Security Systems.
Vendors attempted to address concerns among wireless Lan users regarding the security and deployment of mixed 802.11b and 802.11a networks.
Network Associates announced a new version of the Sniffer Wireless product for handheld platforms, which it said is ideal for detecting and resolving wireless security and performance breakdowns on 802.11b wireless networks.
McAfee, a division of Network Associates, announced the release of version 2.5 of the software that runs the McAfee WebShield line of appliances offering integrated antivirus and content scanning of web, email and File Transfer Protocol traffic.
Proxim revealed that it will deliver IEEE 802.1x security in its Harmony 802.11a products to provide the most secure high-speed wireless networking solutions.
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