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Bell Labs Sets New Standard in Carrier-Grade VPN/Firewall Functionality


New Lucent VPN Firewall Products Leverage Bell Labs Technologies and Feature Deep Packet Inspection, Rules-Based Routing, and Advanced VoIP Functionality

SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 - Fall VON tradeshow, Boston and MURRAY HILL, N.J. - Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) today announced two additions to its award-winning Lucent VPN Firewall portfolio, the VPN Firewall Brick® 700 and the VPN Firewall Brick® 1200 for large enterprises and service providers. Leveraging unique Bell Labs innovations throughout, both products feature advanced functionality such as high performance packet handling, deep packet inspection, an innovative Bell Labs-developed operating system, system failover that ensures continuity for voice over IP (VoIP) and data sessions, built-in denial of service protections, hardware-based IPSec VPN acceleration, and best in class benchmarking - all at a cost point significantly lower than most similar products in the market today.

Both of these products were also designed to support real-time, latency-sensitive IP-based multimedia services such as VoIP and IP videoconferencing. One of the key innovations in this area is the implementation of a technology called Dynamic Pinholing that uses Layer Seven Filtering to recognize IP communication packets and dynamically open ports on the system to move the packets only between the initiation point and the endpoint, closing the ports when the call is terminated. This is a powerful improvement over the current model for IP-based voice traffic which entails a firewall device permanently or temporarily “opening” a range of ports to allow IP voice calls. The control of dynamic pinholing reduces the chance that malicious hackers can exploit these open ports to gain entry to a Lucent-protected network through this technique.

Complimenting the introduction of these two new VPN/firewall devices, Lucent today also announced the availability of version 9.1 of its Lucent Security Management Server, a powerful easy to use centralized management tool that allows network managers to control thousands of VPN/firewall devices and hundreds of thousands of concurrent VPN tunnels from a central location.

Lucent Security Management Server version 9.1 is particularly significant in its implementation of a new Bell Labs-developed feature called Rules Based Routing that enables the Lucent VPN Firewall Brick to perform routing based on protocols and forward the packets, depending on the type of traffic, to the appropriate third party security appliance such as anti-virus scanning, spam filtering, URL blocking, content filtering, etc. This enables the Lucent device to seamlessly interoperate with any third party best-in-class solution to provide maximum flexibility and interoperability, enabling traffic segmentation across security zones and freeing individual network components from unnecessary processing loads.

“Bell Labs designed and configured these two new security appliances to address a wide range of enterprise and service provider applications ranging from corporations with dozens of remote locations and thousands of ’teleworkers’, all the way up to carriers offering VPN/firewall services as a managed security service to their enterprise customers,” said Joe Raccuglia, General Manager, Lucent VPN Firewall, Bell Labs. “The Brick 1200 is also ideal for use in a carrier´s network to protect its mission-critical IP network elements from malicious hacking and denial of service attacks.”

Both the Brick 700 and Brick 1200 feature integrated high-speed VPN, VoIP security, VLAN, Packet Data Gateway and virtual firewall capabilities, as well as built-in IDS/DoS protection and high network performance at a breakthrough price. In addition, the devices offer an intrinsically secure, transparent layer-2 bridge that outperforms other firewalls; central staging and secure remote management for integrated, one-console control over thousands of units and users; and a high-availability architecture that eliminates any single point of failure.

The Brick 700 supports 1.7 Gbps firewall performance, 425 Mbps 3DES (Data Encryption Standard) VPN performance and 350Mbps AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) VPN performance with built-in encryption accelerator cards. The platform also features eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and supports up to 7,500 simultaneous VPN tunnels, 4,094 VLANs, 350 virtual firewalls and 1 million simultaneous sessions.

The Brick 1200 is available in a standard and high performance 1200 HS model. The standard model supports up to 3.0 Gbps firewall performance, 1.1 Gbps 3DES VPN performance and 1.1 Gbps AES VPN performance with the built-in encryption accelerator card. The platform also features eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two mini-GBIC SFP Gigabit ports. It supports up to 10,000 simultaneous VPN tunnels, 4,094 LANs, 500 virtual firewalls and 2 million simultaneous sessions.

The Brick 1200 HS supports up to 4.5 Gbps firewall performance, 1.7 Mbps 3DES and 1.7 Gbps AES VPN performance with the built-in encryption accelerator card. The platform also features fourteen 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and six mini-GBIC SFP Gigabit ports. It supports up to 20,000 simultaneous VPN tunnels, 4,094 VLANs, 1,100 virtual firewalls and 3 million simultaneous sessions.


* The VPN Firewall Brick 700 is available directly from Lucent or through authorized resellers or distributors for a suggested list price of $11,995 - $16,995.
* The VPN Firewall Brick 1200 is available directly from Lucent or through authorized resellers or distributors for a suggested list price of $29,995 for the standard model and $59,995-$69,995 for the Brick 1200 HS model.

About Lucent´s Security Portfolio
As Lucent delivers on the promise of next-generation IP communications, one of its top priorities is to ensure reliability and security of the global communications networks and the people who use them. To support this goal Lucent offers a comprehensive and integrated security portfolio and architecture that integrates best in class dedicated security products, network solutions that are security-hardened, professional consulting services, managed secDurity services - as well as promoting industry standards around network security such as the ITU X.805 and ISO/IEC 18028-2 standards. All of these solutions are tightly integrated in Lucent´s offerings and are based on cutting edge security research led by Bell Labs, Lucent´s award-winning R&D research institution.

About Bell Labs
Bell Labs, the R&D division of Lucent Technologies, is the leading source of new communications technologies. It has generated more than 30,000 patents since 1925 and has played a pivotal role in inventing or perfecting key communications technologies, including transistors, digital networking and signal processing, lasers and fiber-optic communications systems, communications satellites, cellular telephony, electronic switching of calls, touch-tone dialing, and modems. Bell Labs scientists have received eleven Nobel Prizes in Physics, nine U.S. National Medals of Science and eight U.S. National Medals of Technology®. For more information about Bell Labs, visit its Web site at

About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent´s customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit


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