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Netrake Announces Revolutionary Fixed-Mobile Security Solution
[February 06, 2006]

Netrake Announces Revolutionary Fixed-Mobile Security Solution

Netrake today announced the 3GX, its next-generation security platform — and the first complete solution addressing dynamic security of voice, video, data, and mobile applications. The 3GX supports next-generation, converged fixed-mobile architectures being defined by 3GPP IMS, 3GPP2, ETSI TISPAN, PacketCable, and UMA to support workers, whether on the road, in the office, or at home.

Building on the successes of nCite Session Border Controller (SBC) and nCite Security Gateway (SG) platforms, the 3GX integrates the two and incorporates new functionality and interfaces required to operate in both fixed and mobile networks. Netrake has developed unique networking hardware and software technology that solves the security and service problems with voice, video, and data distribution over FMC networks.

“Service providers are beginning to upgrade their core network security posture in advance of the industry shift to Dual-Mode 3G/UMA networks and, eventually, to full convergence based on IMS architecture,” said Mark Neider, vice president marketing for Netrake.

IMS architecture will require that service providers support a range of protocols. By integrating Netrake’s SBC and SG technology into the new 3GX platform, service providers will be able to realize economies of scale. This, then, is converted into an advantage for carriers as they locate the security device at the very edge of the network to provide a single point of access to the core network.

The use of dual-mode phones using IPSec encryption in both Fixed and Mobile networks will require a single access point to aggregate the large volumes of secure tunnels into the service provider’s network — the 3GX is scalable to 1,000 tunnels per second. Network edge security devices must be capable of handling IPSec encryption of the signaling and the media traffic, as well as performing Dynamic Session Security and other security countermeasures for roaming users and applications.

The 3GX addresses security issues with a carrier-grade, network edge solution, which is available in a range of configurations. It resides at the edge of the provider’s IP network, bridging the divide between network convergence and service convergence, representing a sizable step forward in security and real-time user management. The 3GX allows service providers to manage a single secure connection to the subscriber that is capable of concurrently supporting all IP services such as VoIP, IPTV, and data services.
The 3GX, currently in customer trials, will enable seamless security and scalablilty of real-time services across cellular, WiFi, and SIP-based networks. The future-proof solution is designed to enable service providers to deliver profitable SIP-based convergence services while carefully staging investments in next generation networks. As a next-generation platform the 3GX offers the industry's highest levels of performance.

Erik Linask is Associate Editor of INTERNET TELEPHONY. Most recently, he was Managing Editor at Global Custodian, an international securities services publication. To see more of his articles, please visit Erik Linask’s columnist page

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