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Novell BorderManager Family of Products Makes Remote Access Secure for Customers

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01 Nov 1997

BorderManager Authentication Service Builds on RADIUS Service Now Available

In September, Novell introduced BorderManager Authentication Service, a new member of the BorderManager product family that allows companies to use the industry's dominant directory service, Novell Directory Services (NDS) to securely and efficiently manage remote access at the network border.

BorderManager Authentication Service gives organizations easy, secure, and central control of access to their networks, dramatically reducing the costs of providing remote access to regional offices, branch locations, mobile users, and telecommuters. In addition, the new Novell solution enables organizations to further reduce connectivity costs by outsourcing their remote access infrastructure to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) while maintaining user control locally in NDS.

BorderManager Authentication Service is based upon RADIUS Services for NDS, which is now available free of charge from Novell's web site. These authentication services complement the firewall features of the BorderManager product family by extending the management and security capabilities of NDS to third- party network equipment such as modems and routers.

Based on the RADIUS standard, BorderManager Authentication Service interoperates with all RADIUS compliant third-party devices including equipment from ISPs, and firewall and access server vendors such as Ascend, Bay Networks, BBN Planet, Checkpoint, Cisco, Livingston Enterprises, Raptor, Shiva, Telebit, 3Com, UUNET Technologies and others.

"Easily managed, secure communications is a critical requirement for remote networking," stated Kurt Bauer, vice president, core product management of Ascend Communications, Inc. "BorderManager Authentication Service enables our customers to run Novell 4.x networks with NDS to seamlessly integrate user administration of the Ascend MAX, MAX TNT, and Pipeline solutions with NDS."

"BorderManager Authentication Service is proof that Novell is extending its leadership position in the network service market," said Michelle Arden, vice president of Novell's Border Services Group. "By basing BorderManager Authentication Service on the RADIUS standard and integrating with NDS, we are delivering what customers require by giving them low cost, easily manageable solutions that integrate with their existing environment and support open Internet standards."

"We have found Novell's RADIUS implementation to be an excellent product," stated Ed Kirkpatrick, Director of Information Technology, Madison Middle Schools, Rexburg, ID. "Being able to give each user rights to dial up remote access services from within Novell Administrator for Windows makes managing remote access easy and secure. Another benefit is the ability to selectively choose from a variety of protocols allowing us to work effectively in a mixed environment. Additional features in BorderManager Authentication Service, such as accounting, allows us to track access to our network."

BorderManager Authentication Service will include all current features of RADIUS Services for NDS. In addition, the new product will add cross-platform support for Windows NT Server, RADIUS accounting support, authorization and audit logging. Easily managed through NDS, BorderManager Authentication Service solves security issues by allowing network administrators to track what network services are being used and how long remote users are attached.


RADIUS Services for NDS is available today free of charge at BorderManager Authentication Service will be available in early 1998.

About BorderManager

Novell BorderManager is the industry's first integrated family of directory-based network services that manages, secures and accelerates user access to information at every network border - the point where any two networks meet. Novell BorderManager includes firewall filtering, user level access control, virtual private networking, address translation, routing, and remote access services. For more information on the Novell BorderManager family of products, please visit

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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