3Com is integrating the security capabilities from its TippingPoint business with the networking offerings from its H3C business to help businesses create a secure networking fabric that officials say will drive down costs and complexity while increasing security. 3Com also is combining security and network management into a single console. The move comes three months after 3Com announced it was re-entering the enterprise networking space as a low-cost alternative to Cisco.
3Com, which jumped back into the enterprise networking business
in May, is now looking to bring greater security into that area of the data center.
3Com Aug. 31 announced that it is rolling out a host of security
solutions that leverages its TippingPoint security technologies and H3C
networking products to enable businesses to create a secure network
The company will integrate TippingPoint's IPS (intrusion prevention
system) with H3C's networking and security offerings into its new
Secure Network Fabric.
Both the security and networking management will done through a
single point, Dave Larson, vice president of integrated product
strategy for TippingPoint, said in an interview.
"Unifying neworking and security management under a common console ... will be a key part [of the strategy]," Larson said.
In February, 3Com officials chose not to continue pursuing spinning
off or selling TippingPoint, with the idea that they could offer
security solutions in appliances, he said.
Part of the Secure Network Fabric will be security appliance and
embedded security blades in the H3C network chassis, a move that not
only will improve performance but also integrate security at more
points in the network. The devices include the H3C SecPath F-Series and
H3C SecBlade VPN (virtual private network) firewalls, which also were
announced Aug. 31.
The firewalls comes in appliance and blade form factors, and are
aimed at all points of the networking fabric, from the edge to the
core, as well as the data center and high-speed computing environments.
The devices will offer 1 Gigabit and 10Gbps interfaes and IPSec and
SSL VPN security. They will be able to run in branch offices to data
centers, 3Com officials said.
In comparison with Cisco Systems offerings, Larson said the 3Com
products will take up less space and consume less power, and reduce
capital and operation expenses.
In addition, 3Com will embed TippingPoint IPS blades and H3C
security modules in the network infrastructure products provided by
H3C, Larson said.
The unified management will come through a framework that will be
based on TippingPoint's SMS (Security Management System) and H3C's IMC
(Intelligent Management Center).
3Com began its push back into the enterprise space in May, lead by
products from H3C, the networking company it owned in China. 3Com had
exited the enterprise networking space about five years ago to focus
more on its SMB business, but officials earlier this year said that
with the global recession forcing businesses to look for low-cost
alternatives to Cisco, now was the best time to jump back into the