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.