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Nokia doubles up competitors: New enterprise-class firewall at midrange price costs half as much as a rival box


Nokia IP560 with Check Point VPN-1 Pro squeezes value into new 1RU appliance; Nokia also delivers expansion option for its flagship Nokia IP2250

February 14, 2006, RSA Conference, San Jose, CA, USA - Nokia (NYSE:NOK) today announced its newest network security appliance, the Nokia IP560, a 1RU appliance delivering superior security, manageability, firewall performance and port density compared to competitive offerings costing more than twice as much. Running the Nokia IPSO operating system designed specifically for network security use, and Check Point VPN-1 Pro with SecureXL, the Nokia IP560 provides medium and large businesses with high-end performance and features at an unmatched midrange price point. The value of Nokia IP560 is further demonstrated when two appliances are paired in High Availability mode, with the two Nokia IP560s taking up no more rack space and delivering higher performance and Gigabit Ethernet port density for about the same cost as a single competing appliance.

Available from Nokia’s established global channel now starting at US$16,495, the Nokia IP560 is ideal for medium and large businesses seeking an affordable midrange appliance that can expand as needed; for large businesses and enterprises in need of a rack-dense, high-throughput appliance for perimeter or internal network security; and for service providers looking for an affordable, rack-dense firewall appliance that delivers multi-gigabit levels of performance. The Nokia IP560 also provides businesses with a cost-effective migration path from other Nokia security appliances, including the Nokia IP380, IP530, IP710, and IP740.

“Today’s security market is rapidly evolving. Gigabit Ethernet is emerging as the standard network within organizations putting increased importance on high port density appliances and strong firewall performance. In addition, the rise in hybrid threats, the impact of wireless environments and budget pressures further complicate the security landscape. The Nokia IP560 with Check Point VPN-1 Pro addresses these demands, delivering enterprise-class capabilities at a midrange price,” said Gary Singh, head of marketing, Security and Mobile Connectivity, Nokia Enterprise Solutions.

“The Nokia IP560 with Check Point VPN-1 Pro is one more example of real business value delivered by Nokia and Check Point to companies around the world,” said Ken Fitzpatrick, Chief Marketing Officer, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP). “Nokia and Check Point have worked together for the last eight years to simplify deployment and management of security appliances across the enterprise, and today that trend continues as the Nokia IP560 offers unparalleled benefits in terms of price, performance, and total cost of ownership.”

“Protecting the corporate network from external and internal threats is an increasingly complex task today that requires high performing security appliances. The Nokia IP560 armed with Check Point VPN-1 Pro is perfectly suited to handle these demands, delivering reliable and scalable protection that’s very cost competitive,” said Gordon Shevlin, Executive Vice President, Siegeworks.

Features and Specifications

The Nokia IP560 is available today in flash-based or hybrid configurations, allowing for the option of up to two additional hard disk drives for storage and logging. Using a four-port 1000BaseT Ethernet card, the Nokia IP560 supports 58,000 connections per second and delivers over 6 Gbps of firewall throughput and 1.9 Gbps throughput of encrypted traffic for Virtual Private Network (VPN) data. With the option of up to 16 Gigabit Ethernet ports combined with its high performance, the Nokia IP560 provides businesses with one of the most flexible, scalable and powerful appliances available in a 1RU platform.

The Nokia IP560 is configured with 1GB of DDR memory, expandable to 2GB. The appliance also provides high availability clustering functionality with included support of the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) and IP Clustering; as well as support for dynamic and multicast routing. Easy management is provided through Nokia Network Voyager and Cluster Voyager for local and remote administration. The Nokia IP560 is also RoHS-compliant, meeting the European Union’s restrictions on hazardous substances that will go into affect in July.

New Expansion Options for the Nokia IP2250

Along with the Nokia IP560, Nokia also announced a new expansion option for its flagship firewall/VPN appliance, the Nokia IP2250. Available now, a new 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface card increases the connectivity options for the Nokia IP2250 within the core networks of enterprise and service provider customers. The combination of 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, the high throughput of the Nokia IP2250, and the networking functionality found in Nokia IPSO simplifies the deployment of Check Point VPN-1 within demanding network cores.

The new 10 Gigabit Ethernet card demonstrates Nokia’s commitment to evolving its line of network security products to best support the needs of customers.

Service and Support

Consistent with the entire Nokia IP network security appliance portfolio, the Nokia IP560 is available with Nokia’s world-class, SCP certified “First Call-Final Resolution” global service and support. Nokia also offers a comprehensive service portfolio ranging from Technical Support to Implementation, Professional Services and Technical Training.

The Nokia family of IP security platforms addresses offerings for small home offices to the world’s largest enterprises, and complements the company’s secure connectivity offerings including Nokia SSL VPN and Nokia IP VPN. Security is an integral part of mobility solutions today, and is a component of Nokia’s comprehensive business mobility portfolio that also consists of devices such as the Nokia 9300 and Nokia 9300i enterprise smartphones, and the Nokia Eseries family of devices; and software like its Intellisync Mobile Suite and others that enable mobile applications such as email and enterprise voice.

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