Check Point seals Nokia security appliance tie-up

Check Point has completed the acquisition of Nokia's security appliance operation formalising a relationship which has been jointly developing hardware and software products for the last decade.

Check Point has completed the acquisition of Nokia's security appliance operation formalising a relationship which has been jointly developing hardware and software products for the last decade.

Nokia has specialised on the appliance front with Check Point operating in the firewall, VPN and unified threat management applications markets.

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

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

"Through the acquisition, we'll be able to better meet customers' needs and preferences with the latest security software on the leading hardware platforms," said Gil Shwed, chairman and chief executive officer at Check Point.

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

"Check Point realises it has brought some good technology and pull together the best of both approaches," said Dave Ellis, director of e-security, professional services and training at ComputerLinks, which is a distributor for both vendors.

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

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