Cabletron Systems today released a remote access system that provides groups of telecommuters and business partners with distinct levels of access to intranets and extranets, based on who they are and what applications they are using.
The SmartSwitch Access 700 line of remote access concentrators can recognize specific applications, assigning unique security policies to them as users dial in with 56 Kbps modems or an ISDN line.
With the SSA 700, IT departments can track and control what IP applications are accessed by remote users. For example, the SSA platform is able to recognize extranet partners who would be allowed to access specific servers but not allowed to access the Internet through their PPP connection.
The units can support up to 780 modem connections. Prices start at $8,500. Some of the components are available now; the rest will be in July and August.
The company also announced it had extended an agreement with Compaq under which Compaq will resell Cabletron?s switching and routing products under the Compaq brand. The networking products are to be used in Compaq's NonStop eBusiness product line. The deal is an extension of an existing resale arrangement inked in 1997 between Cabletron and Digital Equipment Corp. before Compaq's acquisition of Digital.
According to Cabletron, the deal is a significant milestone because the company will be able to reach Compaq's customer base worldwide. The deal may provide a boost to Cabletron, which has been struggling--last week the company reported a $22.5 million first-quarter loss and a 4% drop in revenue.