is developing a Mac OS X Virtual Private Network (VPN) client for Nortel’s line of Contivity switches. The new client software is due out later this year.
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The new VPN client for Mac OS X features Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal and compression for improved data rate performance.
Netlock already supports operating systems including Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX and IBM-AIX. In fact, they’ve previously developed Mac OS 8.x and 9.x-based versions of their VPN solutions, but this is the first time the company is creating a Mac OS X solution.
Netlock general manager Claudia Beaty said that Mac users responded strongly to the “Classic” versions of the VPN software. “The development of the Mac OS X client demonstrates our commitment to respond to customer requirements and deliver the breadth of security solutions needed by organizations today,” she said.
If your business has an active maintenance contract in place with Netlock, the Mac OS X client will be made available free of charge. What’s more, businesses that buy the software now will be upgraded to the Mac OS X version for free once it’s released. Netlock is also offering a retroactive agreement for companies that buy a maintenance contract between now and December 1.