CABLE & WIRELESS ENHANCES GLOBAL IP-BASED VPN SOLUTIONS Tuesday 12 December 2000 PDF Print New router-based IP-VPN for large corporates New MPLS-based IP-VPN QoS for high-performance SLAs - UK launch Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications group, today (12 December 2000) announced it has further enhanced the functionality and global availability of its IP-VPN (Internet Protocol virtual private network) solution portfolio. The IP-VPN solutions can now be scaled to meet the needs of all companies, from small and medium-sized businesses to multi-national corporations. With the new enhancements, Cable & Wireless now offers IP-VPN solutions in 22 countries and expects to deliver next generation IP-VPN services in 80 countries over the next 12 months. Cable & Wireless' IP-VPN solution is part of the company's product strategy to deliver uniform IP-based communications solutions across the globe to business customers. Rather than a one-size fits all approach, Cable & Wireless IP-VPN is designed to deliver IP-based networking solutions to meet each customer's unique requirements. Customers benefit from: · Enterprise-class network connectivity for mission-critical applications between customers, trading partners and employees with maximum security across a wide geographical area. · A scaleable managed customer premises equipment (CPE) IP-VPN platform to support a customer's business as it grows globally. "The Cable & Wireless state-of-the-art IP-VPN solution solves the challenges many businesses face with guarantees of secure business communications and the protection of internal networks," said Rick Flamand, vice president of IP Communication Products at Cable & Wireless. "Cable & Wireless has developed a set of solutions that delivers on availability, performance, and scalability requirements that are unique to each business, as well as management of a customer's continuously expanding network. With IP-VPN, our customers can leverage the power and reach of the Internet to compete on a global scale." New router-based VPN solution for large corporations Cable & Wireless has enhanced its IP-VPN portfolio with the addition of a router-based VPN solution using Nortel Networks' ContivityÔ VPN switch platform and network management solution designed to meet the networking requirements of large and multinational corporations. Existing firewall-based VPN solution for small and medium-sized organisations The new solution adds to Cable & Wireless' IP-VPN portfolio, which already offers a firewall-based VPN solution using software and hardware from Check Point Software Technologies and Nokia deployed at the customer sites. This firewall-based solution is designed for small and medium-sized businesses that require secure, firewall-protected, Internet access from each customer site. Combined with certificate authorities, Cable & Wireless Internet Access and Global Dial products, the Cable & Wireless IP-VPN solution provides a very powerful CPE-based, IP Security Protocol (IPSec) service. IP-VPN solutions are tailor-made, managed end-to-end services that offer equipment and dedicated access to Cable & Wireless' global IP backbone, as well as continuing support. Cable & Wireless IP-VPN provides the latest advances in fast, reliable, secure networking that ensure both the security of business communications and the protection of internal network resources. Cable & Wireless further brings to the table a new concept at the network level - one of the fastest and most reliable IP backbones in the world, now reaching across the US, Europe, and Asia. New IP-VPN Quality of Service for high-performance SLAs In addition to offering an IPSec based product, Cable & Wireless also offers IP-VPN QoS, a multiprotocol label switching (MPLS)-based VPN service, which is now available in the UK and from April 2001 will be extended to Europe and the US. This service includes multiple quality of service (QoS), enabling real-time applications for large customer configurations, such as voice and email, that require different service level agreements (SLAs) to suit specific needs. This is the latest step in Cable & Wireless' plan to move toward offering a single, ubiquitous global IP-VPN service which will make flexible use of both IPSec and MPLS, and will offer industry-leading SLAs and QoS across the world. "The new concept, which we expect customers to become familiar with in these next few months, is that the distinction between private network and Internet has vanished," said Bill Davis, senior director IP-VPN, Cable & Wireless. "Cable & Wireless is the first provider to own such a large global Internet backbone that customer's traffic never has to leave the Cable & Wireless domain. That means that we can apply QoS, very high performance SLAs and a level of control and security, which has previously not been achievable in this technology." The customer's traffic passes over Cable & Wireless' network, and through wholly owned Secure PoPs, conferring an extremely high level of security in itself. Cable & Wireless is also raising the barriers with Layer 2 separated tunneling through MPLS or IPSec, public key infrastructure (PKI) authentication and encryption, which amounts to a better level of security than that achieved on ATM or Frame Relay networking technologies. And of course the customer gains the enormous benefit of very high-speed capacity across the world. Availability Cable & Wireless IP-VPN is now available in 22 countries across Europe, North America and Asia with a rollout plan to reach 80 countries within 12 months. Cable & Wireless IP-VPN QoS is now available in the UK and is expected to be available in other parts of the world in the near future. About Cable & Wireless Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over £9 billion (US$14 billion) in the year to 31 March 2000 and customers in 70 countries. Its operations around the world offer a full range of telecommunications services. Cable & Wireless' focus for future growth is on IP (Internet protocol) and data services and solutions for business customers. It is developing advanced IP networks and value-added services in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in support of this strategy. With the capability of its global IP infrastructure and its strength in key markets, Cable & Wireless holds a unique position in terms of global coverage and services to business customers. For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to http://www.cw.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.