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Newbridge gear to support VPN

The high-end networking hardware provider hopes to add to the current capabilities of its equipment through support for VPN technology.

    Newbridge Networks hopes to strike gold as service providers upgrade their network equipment to tackle secure connections over the public Net.

    With an installed base of networking devices in the majority of the largest service providers, the high-end networking hardware provider hopes to add to the current capabilities of its equipment through support for virtual private networking, or VPN, technology.

    A VPN allows a user or business to set up a secure connection, or tunnel, across the public Net so that private information can be sent securely in a set-up that is less costly than private leased lines.

    Components in Newbridge's rollout include a Service Point that functions as a central interface for a variety of technologies that connect the service provider to the business customer. This new hardware has been added to the company's previously announced Carrier Switched Routing products based on high-speed asynchronous transfer mode, or ATM.

    Newbridge hopes to target business-class VPN service providers who want a network that functions basically as a single entity, tied together by the Service Points. Behind the scenes, Newbirdge will also offer policy-based management tools to facilitate features such as bandwidth allocation.

    Executives said the company's VPN technology is in trials at two large service providers. Included in the trials is a new VPN-oriented card for the MainStreetXpress 36170, a high-end multiservice switching device.