Check Point seals Nokia security appilance tie-up

Check Point has completed the acquisition of Nokia’ssecurity appliance operation formalising a relationship which has been jointlydeveloping hardware and software products for the last decade. Nokia has specialised on the appliance front with CheckPoint operating in the firewall, VPN and unified th



Check Point has completed the acquisition of Nokia’ssecurity appliance operation formalising a relationship which has been jointlydeveloping hardware and software products for the last decade.

 

Nokia has specialised on the appliance front with CheckPoint operating in the firewall, VPN and unified threat management applicationsmarkets.

 

Check Point has stated that is wants to ensure resellers seecontinuity and has also revealed a IP product range is shortly going to be releasedwhich come preloaded with its security gateway applications.

 

Resellers selling Check Point will now be able to offercustomers using Nokia a single licence agreement.

 

“Through the acquisition, we’ll be able to better meetcustomers’ needs and preferences with the latest security software on theleading hardware platforms,” said Gil Shwed, chairman and chief executiveofficer at Check Point.

 

The security market has been heading towards appliances,which have the advantage of offering multiple products reducing management andlicensing headaches.

 

“Check Point realises it has brought some good technologyand pull together the best of both approaches,” said Dave Ellis, director ofe-security, professional services and training at ComputerLinks, which is adistributor for both vendors.

 

He said that there had been a great deal of overlap betweenCheck Point and Nokia resellers so it would not have too much of an impact inthe channel.

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