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3Com Delivers on Secure Network Fabric Strategy with New Solutions for Next-Generation Data Centers

3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) today announced four new products and solutions from its TippingPoint and H3C portfolios to extend the Secure Network Fabric to next-generation data centers and virtual networks. The Secure Network Fabric integrates 3Com’s industry-leading TippingPoint® intrusion prevention system (IPS) technology and H3C® enterprise network and security solutions to reduce network security risks, management complexity and infrastructure costs in modern data centers. With centralized policy management across security and networking operations, 3Com’s Secure Network Fabric now reaches into virtualized data centers to ensure comprehensive security and help drive down the cost of application deployment for both physical and virtual environments while delivering a low total cost of ownership.

New Technologies and Business Requirements Drive the Evolution of Securing the Next-Generation Data Center

The risk to business continuity is increasing as the data center becomes the central, strategic location for shared resources and the most complex component of the IT environment. The adoption of new virtualization, cloud, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and Web technologies have changed traffic patterns and driven consolidation and the concentration of business-critical assets into fewer locations.

Until recently, the network perimeter was clearly defined and the routes into the network easy to protect. Today, business applications tunnel through or bypass perimeters, hackers exploit vulnerabilities in new Web applications, and mobile workers with smart phones open up multiple remote paths into corporate networks. This trend, coupled with the way people use technology, is reshaping the data center, placing new demands on network capacity and security, and undermining the effectiveness of traditional security methods.

Virtual environments must meet the same stringent network and security requirements as their physical counterparts. 3Com is responding to these emerging technologies and requirements with an extensive range of networking and security solutions to support and secure the migration to a virtualized data center. As key components of the 3Com Secure Network Fabric, the H3C and TippingPoint solutions help organizations mitigate risks to business continuity by protecting network connected devices and defending critical entry and isolation points against ever-evolving global security threats.

“As organizations make the shift to a virtual data center environment, they need to ensure that the security component is paramount to the deployment,” said Richard Steinnon, principal analyst at IT-Harvest. “The extensive range of solutions across 3Com’s portfolio provides the protection, performance and cost savings organizations need to meet and exceed their virtual network security requirements.”

To support and broaden the Secure Network Fabric in the virtualized data center, 3Com introduced four new solutions for large enterprises, including:

  • TippingPoint Secure Virtualization Framework Solution – a new virtualization solution that will enable organizations to pass virtual machine (VM) traffic – including host-to-host traffic – through a TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System Platform. The TippingPoint Secure Virtualization Framework extends TippingPoint’s industry-leading threat research capabilities, breadth of protection, ease-of-use and security automation capabilities into the virtual infrastructure. [TippingPoint Virtualization Product Announcement]
  • TippingPoint 1500S – a new purpose-built Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) appliance that effectively and safely decrypts and inspects secure Web traffic without impacting network or application performance. The TippingPoint® 1500S prevents encrypted attacks from compromising virtual and physical Web servers and Web applications. [TippingPoint 1500S Product Announcement]
  • TippingPoint ThreatLinQ 2.0 – enhancements to the ThreatLinQ global security intelligence portal delivers new functionality for customers to create filter profiles customized for their network environment, correlate emerging threats with the latest Digital Vaccine® filters and implement policy changes based on real-time threat information quickly to their TippingPoint IPS Platforms. [ThreatLinQ 2.0 Announcement]
  • H3C S9500E – A new data center and enterprise core switching platform rounds out the industry’s broadest and most scalable network infrastructure portfolio. The S9500E delivers high performance and capacity to meet the most rigorous core and data center applications in an energy efficient platform that delivers flexibility and enables virtualized services on the network while helping to reduce operational expense. [H3C S9500E Product Announcement]

“Although the deployment of virtual networks provides organizations with the ability to design an efficient data center that is easier to manage and more cost effective, the business benefits could be negated by increased security exposure and the new complexities of today’s evolving threat landscape,” said Ron Sege, president and COO of 3Com. “Our new virtual networking and security solutions address this exposure and help customers drive towards uncompromised security, operational efficiency and regulatory compliance.”

About 3Com Corporation

3Com Corporation (3Com) is a global enterprise networking solutions provider. 3Com has three global product and solutions brands: H3C, 3Com, and TippingPoint that offer networking and security solutions to enterprises large and small. The H3C enterprise networking portfolio includes products that span from the data center to the edge of the network and is targeted at large enterprises. TippingPoint features network-based intrusion prevention systems (IPS) that deliver application, infrastructure and performance protection. Its portfolio of products and solutions enable customers to manage business-critical voice, data, video and other networking technologies in a secure network environment. 3Com’s portfolio of products and services enable customers to deploy and manage data, voice, video and other advanced networking technologies in a secure network environment.

Copyright © 2010 3Com Corporation. 3Com, 3Com logo, H3C, H3C logo, Digital Vaccine and TippingPoint are registered trademarks of 3Com Corporation or its wholly owned subsidiaries in various countries throughout the world. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective holders.

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This news release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our security strategy and the availability of certain products and features. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the risk our product development and launch plans are delayed or changed and the risks detailed in the Company's filings with the SEC, including those discussed in the Company's quarterly report filed with the SEC on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended November 27, 2009.


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