IP Infusion, SSH Communications Power Furukawa Electric with Solutions

9/10/2003 - IP Infusion, a leading provider of intelligent network software for enhanced IP services, and SSH Communications Security, a world-leading developer of managed security middleware, announced a technology agreement to provide customers with an interoperable scalable carrier-class routing and security solution. This solution includes IP Infusion’s ZebOS® Advanced Routing Suite and SSH’s award-winning IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) technology, SSH QuickSecTM Toolkit for Access Networks. IP Infusion and SSH also announced today that Furukawa Electric has selected the joint solution for its FITELnet family of metro and customer edge routers.

IP Infusion and SSH provide best-of-breed routing and IPSec VPN and firewall solutions that allow equipment vendors to accelerate the time-to-market and reduce the development and production costs of new communications devices. IP Infusion’s ZebOS® Advanced Routing Suite (SRS) provides scalable, carrier-class routing software with robust management capabilities including an industry-standard CLI. The SSH QuickSec Toolkit for Access Networks offers full PKI functionality and IPSec VPN encryption with IKE key authentication in a small memory footprint.

Furukawa has integrated the IP Infusion and SSH software into the FITELnet G-Series Gigabit routers, the FITELnet B-Series Customer Edge (CE) routers, the FITELnet F-Series VPN routers, and the FITELnet R10 route reflector. Designed to deliver the breadth of features, performance and reliability that today's networks require, the FITELnet family of routers provides a wide range of IPv4 and IPv6 routing, MPLS, and IPSec VPN capabilities. By integrating ZebOS BGP and MPLS-VPN technology, the FITELnet G-Series Gigabit routers enable service providers to extend MPLS-VPN services to the metro edge. The SSH QuickSec Toolkit for Access Networks software package provides the underlying IPSec VPN architecture to secure Furukawa’s FITELnet F-Series VPN routers.

"We are pleased that Furukawa has selected IP Infusion to provide the routing and MPLS technology for their market-leading FITELnet routers. By offering advanced IPv4 and IPv6 routing solution that can be easily integrated with SSH’s IPSec VPN software, we are able to provide Furukawa with a strong networking and security foundation for their routing equipment," said Gary Hemminger, vice president of marketing for IP Infusion. "In addition, Furukawa has demonstrated the wide range of applications for the ZebOS Advanced Routing Suite. Furukawa has added IP Infusion’s routing protocols in their carrier-class core routers, their enterprise routers and their VPN equipment, validating the need for dynamic routing across different types of communications equipment."

“Our new partnership with IP Infusion provides OEM customers with the tools to quickly implement robust, standard’s-based network security into their network products,” said George Adams, president and CEO, SSH Communications Security, Inc. “With our combined solution, Furukawa is gaining scalable carrier-class routing software and advanced, comprehensive security. Typically, building a functional, reliable and standards-compliant security protocol implementation from ground up takes significant development resources and time. By selecting this tightly integrated solution, however, Furukawa can bring its products to market more quickly.’”

"The Network Division of Furukawa Electric is currently selling provider edge (PE) routers, targeted to mega carriers and ISPs, and customer edge (CE) routers, targeted towards the enterprise market, in the Japanese domestic market,” stated Keiichi Miwa, Director and General Manager of the Network Division at Furukawa Electric. “Furukawa Electric decided to use the combined IP Infusion and SSH solution, in order to meet the high level of market needs in a timely manner. We have very high expectations of the IP Infusion and SSH joint solution."

About IP Infusion
IP Infusion is a leading provider of intelligent networking software for enhanced IP services. The company's software includes core routing and switching technology that enables equipment vendors, service providers, telecommunications companies and enterprises to rapidly build and provision a broad range of standards-based and value-added IP services. Founded in 1999, IP Infusion has employees in San Jose, California; Cary, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; and Europe. The company has a growing global customer base in the wired and wireless networking markets and has alliances with industry leading network processor (NPU) suppliers. IP Infusion is a member of the Network Processing Forum, IPv6 Forum, Service Creation Community, Intel® Communications Alliance, OPSEC Alliance, and an active participant in the IETF. For more information about the company and its products call (408) 794-1500 or visit www.ipinfusion.com.

About SSH Communications Security
SSH Communications Security, a world-leading supplier of managed security middleware, offers a broad range of award-winning solutions designed to address the most critical security issues for businesses, financial institutions and governments worldwide. SSH's award-winning remote access software, SSH Secure Shell, the de facto standard for secure remote access and data transfer, and SSH SentinelTM, a feature-rich remote access VPN "smart" client are ideal solutions for securing wireline and wireless networks. The SSH CertifierTM product family provides a robust certification authority for flexible and strong authentication through digital certificates and tokens. The market-leading, award-winning SSH IPSec family of toolkits for OEMs and software developers enables fast time-to-market and reduced in-house development costs. SSH is traded publicly on the Helsinki Exchanges under HEX:SSH1V. For more information, please visit www.ssh.com.

About Furukawa Electric
Based on a group network of 165 subsidiaries and 72 affiliates, The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, engages in a wide range of business fields such as electric power, optical communications, nonferrous metals, information equipment and systems, electronics, batteries, and new materials. In Data communication area, Furukawa Electric has more than 20 years of experience and expanding itself rapidly by offering wide variety of technologies and products from high-end Gigabit routers, switching hubs to remote routers. Furukawa Electric continues to provide right solutions to our customers including Carriers, ISPs and Enterprise users to meet exponential growth of the Internet. Furukawa Electric is an active participant in the IETF standards organization. For more information, please visit www.furukawa.co.jp.

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