Ecessa-formerly known as Astrocom-is integrating more security into its WAN link controllers through its new ShieldLink product family. ShieldLink includes integrated firewall and VPN capabilities, which gives SMEs greater security and reliability in the management of their Internet traffic and a secure communications link between sites. Ecessa's PowerLink products worked with existing firewalls, but customers had been pushing the company to integrate firewall and VPN capabilities into a single device.
A week after changing the company's name, Ecessa is bringing greater security features to its WAN link controllers.
Ecessa-formerly known as Astrocom-unveiled March 10 its new
ShieldLink family of WAN link controllers, which includes a built-in
firewall and VPN (virtual private network) gateway. In addition, the
new lineup offers better flexibility in defining access control.
The ShieldLink products are designed to give small- to mid-sized
enterprises a single network device they can use for greater control
and security in managing their Internet traffic and Web sites, said
Marc Goodman, director of marketing.
Ecessa has been offering its PowerLink WAN link controllers in
conjunction with existing firewall and VPN technologies, said Jason
Breyer, vice president of sales.
"We were looking to consolidate things," Breyer said. "New
businesses don't always have existing firewalls. We have consistently
heard from customers and prospects that they ... also want firewall and
VPN capabilities [in their Ecessa devices]."
The company has been working on the new ShieldLink technology for more than a year.
Having the firewall and VPN technology integrated into the devices
saves SMEs the costs of implementing and managing multiple new
networking products, the Ecessa officials said. It also means
continuous Internet traffic uptime and secure communications between
sites. The VPN technology uses the IPsec protocols.
Along with the greater integrated security features, the ShieldLink
devices also distribute traffic among multiple and diverse network
links and link aggregation, load balancing and failover of inbound and
outbound traffic, and site failover and fallback.
A channel bonding feature ensures that multiple WAN links-such as
cable, xDSL, T1 and wireless-are combined into a single large network
connection, which allows for greater available bandwidth and
reliability, according to officials.
"Reliability is key," Goodman said.
ShieldLink is available in multiple configurations, including 100
and 250 for single sites and 55, 200 and 250EHQ for multiple sites. It
can be used as a standalone secure WAN link controller or in
conjunction with existing PowerLink products.