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Net6 Cooks Up New Batch of VPN

Startup Net6 Inc. says it has bred a Hybrid-VPN remote access that it hopes will have the qualities of both IPsec and SSL technologies (see Net6 Releases Hybrid-VPN Gateway).

Why hybrid? Well, according to Net6, you need features of both technologies, while most vendors have chosen one of the two approaches. The big appeal of an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) VPN is it enables secure access to corporate networks from virtually any Web browser, on any device, anywhere. The technology is attracting a lot of attention at the moment because, unlike IPSec VPNs, it avoids the need for changes and complex configurations on client machines.

But IPSec also has its plusses for users, such as being able to handle a larger number of applications.

Robert Whitely, analyst at Forrester Research Inc., says that one of Net6s major selling points is the fact that its devices can intercept traffic at the lower levels of the operating system stack, which gives it more of an IPSec "feel."

Founded in 2000, Net6 raised $17 million in its first two funding rounds. Its core data center offering is the HV-2000, a 1U rack-mounted device. Net6 says the product is capable of supporting up to 2,000 concurrent tunnels at a sustained throughput level of 300 Mbit/s. A scaled-down version, the HV-20, is also available for smaller firms.

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