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3Com Gears Up To Leverage TippingPoint Security Appliances

3Com plans to use technology from its pending acquisition of TippingPoint Technologies to boost security features across its networking portfolio.

The approximately $430 million deal, unveiled last month, is expected to close by the end of February.

After the deal closes, 3Com plans to offer TippingPoint's UnityOne enterprise-focused security appliances through a select group of channel partners and its direct-sales force, said Anik Bose, vice president of corporate development at Marlborough, Mass.-based 3Com. The company is planning to launch a channel-friendly version of the appliance for the SMB market within the next six to nine months, he said. TippingPoint will operate as a division of 3Com.

3Com also plans over the next 12 to 24 months to roll out security blades based on TippingPoint's intrusion-prevention technology for its infrastructure and VoIP gear, he said.

3Com and its channel partners could most benefit from an integrated security solution for the vendor's VoIP lineup, said Don Gulling, president of Verteks Consulting, a 3Com partner in Ocala, Fla.

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