Centralized WLAN Platform Supports VPNs

By Eric Griffith

July 29, 2002

AirWave's platform for wireless network management has received Open Platform for Security (OPSEC) certification from VPN leader Check Point Software.

Check Point Software Technologies of Redwood City, CA, has approved the AirWave Management Platform (AMP) as certified under its Open Platform for Security (OPSEC).

What does that mean exactly?

"Basically, Check Point is the biggest player in the VPN space, with an enormous customer base; this [announcement] allows us to extend [that VPN support] out to wireless networks," says Greg Murphy, president of AirWave Wireless of San Mateo, CA.

AirWave Management Platform provides centralized console control of all wireless network devices. The same interface is used for multiple vendor products, such as ORiNOCO or Cisco. Administrators can use it to see not just access points, but also all client systems. This lets them monitor for problems, centralizing trouble shooting as well.

"OPSEC means we're certified as interoperable with [Check Point's] platform," says Murphy. "We made sure our platform could talk with their VPNs using a management API that they provide.

"[We're the] only WLAN platform certified with Check Point," he adds. "This really gives us an opportunity to work with their customer base. A lot of them want to move existing wireline security solutions to their WLAN."

The AirWave platform runs on any low-cost or better Pentium-based server using a Linux operating system and controls a minimum of 500 access points with a low-end setup.

According to the OPSEC.com Web site, OPSEC support is already available in some Proxim Harmony access points and the Columbitech wireless suite. Other companies currently at work at OPSEC certified wireless solutions include Intel, 3Com, Agere/ORiNOCO, and Enterasys. Check Point claims to have over 300 OPSEC partners. The free software development kit with OPSEC API is available at the site.

Eric Griffith is the managing editor of 802.11 Planet.

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