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Alcatel-Lucent launches 8550 Web Services Gateway

December 2007 by Marc Jacob

Alcatel-Lucent announced the availability of the Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess 8550 Web Services Gateway (WSG), the industry’s first network appliance that allows controlled access to sensitive information across multiple IT systems, by implementing stateful information access policies, organization-wide and in real-time. The OmniAccess 8550 WSG is the only network-embedded solution available today, which supports and secures automated business processes while ensuring regulatory compliance, protecting sensitive corporate information from misuse and ensuring its availability when and where it is needed. It enables corporate-wide interoperability among business-critical internal information systems and external partner networks, providing a corporate wide compliance infrastructure reducing costs and risk.

The OmniAccess 8550 WSG is ideal for industries with an immediate business-critical need to protect end user privacy, such as in health care, government, education, and finance. Prior to today’s announcement, Alcatel-Lucent successfully had the product evaluated with a select group of companies including HP, a knowledgeable player in the SOA market, and Advocate Health Care, a leading U.S. integrated health care delivery network.

Alcatel-Lucent is delivering security features that go beyond traditional secure networking to meet heightened information privacy regulations, serve an increasingly mobile workforce, and provide an open architecture to maximize flexibility and choice. The new web services gateway is the latest offering in a rapidly expanding portfolio of innovative security solutions from Alcatel-Lucent that helps enterprises manage user access to corporate data, applications and communication.

Earlier this year, Alcatel-Lucent introduced the OmniAccess Safeguard solution and the award-winning OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian. The OmniAccess Safeguard manages user access and restricts application use while on the network, characterizes traffic patterns, identifies intrusions based on pre-configured heuristics, and protects users and the network against known or unknown attacks. The OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian is a revolutionary laptop security and management system developed to secure, monitor, manage and locate a mobile computer, anywhere, anytime, even when it’s shut off.

The OmniAccess 8550 WSG employs industry-leading session-based, stateful XML message inspection technology to deliver consolidated audit trails and run-time policy enforcement. Interoperability features include service mediation, performance monitoring and load balancing; security features also include single identity, altogether providing for a corporate-wide compliance infrastructure protecting corporate data and identity privacy.

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