Eicon Networks Introduces New Shiva VPN Gateways

London, October 5th, 2004 — Eicon Networks Corporation (“Eicon”), a global leader in providing reliable communication products for networked business applications, announced today the introduction of the Shiva VPN Gateways range with new security features and software. The gateways include the Shiva VPN Client and the powerful Shiva Security Manager along with robust authentication options, high performance data encryption, dynamic routing, and stateful inspection firewall functionality.

Based on the renowned and proven Shiva technology, the VPN Gateways are reliable, easy to use and install, and are now backed by Eicon’s class-leading support. Initially targeted at the medium enterprise, the Shiva VPN Gateway range offers secure connectivity ranging from 10 to 10,000 VPN tunnels with 10 to 85 Mbps 3DES encryption throughput. The gateways allow businesses to create comprehensive secure communications networks that deliver high performance while cutting costs through the use of inexpensive connections to the Internet.

The range offers extensive deployment flexibility, giving users the choice of using the VPN functionality with the integrated stateful-inspection firewall or in conjunction with an existing firewall. Administrators can deploy VPN tunnels based on Shiva’s interoperable IPSec standard or the easy-to-use Shiva Smart Tunneling (SST) protocol. The VPN Gateways and the Shiva VPN Client interoperate with a variety of industry-standard authentication and authorization schemes to deliver seamless connectivity within a wide range of security infrastructures. A number of VPN authentication methods are supported, including RADIUS, SecurID, and PKI.

All the gateways come with the Shiva Security Manager software to manage up to 1024 Shiva VPN Gateways from a single location. This Windows based software provides simple and fast configuration with advanced features for policy management, software upgrades and monitoring. To further ease management, the included Shiva eWeb Manager allows SSL-secured gateway configuration from any device that has a browser. This gives access to intuitive wizards that ease the setup of the VPN and firewall configurations.

Each gateway includes the Shiva VPN Client software which is licensed for an unlimited number of users when used in conjunction with the hardware device. The software is easily installed on Windows-based PCs for remote users to securely and transparently access business email, office-based data and applications over the Internet. They connect to their office or central site through private, encrypted tunnels across the Internet that extend between their desktops and the corporate network. By using the Shiva VPN client, users can eliminate their reliance on expensive dial-up connections to get secure access to their office-based data.

Eicon offers extensive multi-layered support options to give businesses peace of mind when rolling out a VPN solution. Options are available for extended warranty, Advanced Replacement, software upgrades and 24 x 7 telephone and email support.

About the Shiva VPN Gateways
The Shiva 2105 VPN Gateway is an ideal robust enterprise-class solution for Small Office Home Office (SOHO) installations and small branch offices within medium-to-large companies.


The Shiva 3105 VPN Gateway supports up to 100 VPN tunnels with 20Mbps throughput and is designed for use in medium sized organizations with a small network of offices and remote users or for larger branch offices connecting to a central site.

The Shiva 3115 VPN Gateway offers higher capacities of 1,000 VPN tunnels and 30Mbps throughput and can act as the centre of an end-to-end secure network for medium sized organizations or large branch offices.

The Shiva 3125 VPN Gateway is a high-performance, high-capacity head office solution for enterprises deploying secure networks to support branch offices and large numbers of remote users. The gateway supports up to 10,000 VPN tunnels with fast 85 Mbps 3DES encryption throughput.

The Shiva VPN Gateway models 3105, 3115 and 3125 can be used with the optional 1U-sized rack mount kit.

All Shiva VPN Gateways are orderable and shipping now. For more information on product codes, options and support services visit:

http://www.eicon.com/worldwide/products/Shiva/shiva.htm

About Eicon Networks Corporation
Eicon Networks is a world-leading provider of reliable communication products for networked business applications, secure remote access and virtual private networks. The company’s portfolio includes a full range of products for applications in branch office and PC secure connectivity, voice, speech and conferencing, voice over IP, POS and financial clearing networks, unified messaging and fax serving.

Eicon distributes, markets and supports its products in more than 80 countries through a network of channel partners, telecommunication companies (telcos), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Information about Eicon Networks is available at www.eicon.com.

Eicon, Eicon Networks and Shiva are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Eicon Networks Corporation. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. Eicon encourages all users of its products to procure all necessary intellectual property licenses required to implement their concepts or applications, which licenses may vary from country to country.




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