Digital Equipment will produce two versions of its Alta Vista Tunnel security software for virtual private networks - one for its traditional mobile base and one for Lan environments.
At the Comdex show, Digital previewed Tunnel 98, which should ship in January. Marketing manager Raymond Suarez said one new version would be tailored for users transferring messages and data between different Lans. Features for these users, typically in branch offices, will include full support for the Internet addressing system, the DNS; and support for the Microsoft Wins protocol for describing and monitoring systems on a network.
New additions for both targeted customer groups include improved security authentication - up from 512-bit to 1,024-bit; support for Windows 95 authentication facilities, which allow system administrators to control individuals' access levels to different resources; and handheld authentication through a credit card sized device with a changing access number.
Suarez said Alta Vista was likely to reduce the server pricing for the mobile version of the product to encourage uptake. It currently costs from $995 to $2,495 depending on numbers of users, plus $89 per client.
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