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Cisco Launches New Products

Security products for the small-business market and long-haul 10-Gigabit Ethernet line cards are just a few of the vendor's new offerings.
In addition to an upgraded voice-over-IP telephone system, Cisco Systems this week launched several products in the areas of security and 10-Gigabit Ethernet switching.

The security products are aimed at the small-business market. Cisco Tuesday introduced a firewall for sites with up to 50 employees, an intrusion-detection software product, an acceleration module for virtual private networks, and enhanced security-management products, which will be available in two weeks.

The PIX 501 firewall is for small offices or home offices and has VPN and intrusion-detection capabilities, in addition to an integrated four-port 10/100-Mbps Ethernet switch. It costs $600 for a 10-user version or $1,200 for a 50-user version.

Cisco also introduced its IDS Host Sensor, an intrusion-detection software product that's designed to protect host computers from damage by malicious attacks. If purchased with a Cisco VPN/Security Management Solution software product, the whole package costs $8,000; separately, it costs $5,000. Agents for IDS Host Sensor cost $1,750 for a standard edition and $2,100 for a Web-server edition.

Also new is the VPN Acceleration Module, which can be added to Cisco's 7100 and 7200 routers. It's designed to increase by 60% the speed they process IP Security encrypted traffic. A 7200-series router, with the acceleration module included, costs $23,000; the acceleration module can be purchased separately for $5,000.

New security-management products include a IDS Host management capability for the CiscoWorks VPN/Security Management Solution and an update of the Cisco Secure Policy Manager.

Cisco also launched Wednesday new long-haul 10-Gigabit Ethernet line cards that can be added to its Catalyst 6500 to extend the cards' switching capabilities to metropolitan area networks. Some customers that might need long-haul 10-Gigabit Ethernet switching include corporations or service providers that want to connect multiple locations within a metropolitan area for the sharing of high-bandwidth applications, such as distance learning, medical imaging, videoconferencing, CAD/CAM, or data storage, according to Cisco.

The first of the 10-Gigabit Ethernet modules, the 10GBase-EX4 Metro 10 Gigabit Ethernet Module for the Catalyst 6500 switches or 7600-series routers, can be used to transmit 10-Gigabit Ethernet traffic on "dark" fiber across distances of 50 kilometers. It will be available by the end of the month and will cost $80,000.

The second, the 10GBase-LR Optical Interface Module, is also for the Catalyst 6500 switches or 7600-series routers, but will transmit data across distances of only 10 kilometers. It won't be available until December, and pricing has not been determined.