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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Security players shoot an all-in-one

Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems and 3Com’s TippingPoint division are integrating a trifecta of security features into all-in-one appliances that give partners new ways to help cut the cost and complexity of security solutions.

The new wares combine firewall, VPN and intrusion-prevention capabilities in a format that promises proactive, easy-to-manage network protection, the vendors and solution providers said.

This week Juniper is shipping a long-awaited module that adds integrated intrusion detection and prevention (IDP) to its ISG 2000 appliance, delivering up to 2 Gbps of intrusion-prevention throughput and 1 Gbps of VPN/firewall throughput.  NetScreen Technologies first launched the integrated security gateway with firewall and VPN features last April, days before the completion of its acquisition by Juniper.

Having multiple capabilities in the same box gives us a good competitive point against TippingPoint,” said Dave Casey, vice president of Westron Communications, a solution provider based in Carrollton, Texas.

Juniper, Sunnyvale, Calif., is also introducing the ISG 1000, a smaller firewall/VPN appliance.  Intrusion-prevention modules for that box are slated to ship in the second half of this year.

3Com also has plans to roll out new appliances in the fourth quarter that introduce TippingPoint’s intrusion-prevention technology to the SMB market, said James Freeze, vice president of global marketing at 3Com, Marlborough, Mass.

This will help reduce the number of devices required to secure a customer’s network, Chambers said.  The appliances scale from small businesses to large enterprises and incorporate features found in the PIX Security Appliance firewall, IPS 4200 Series and VPN 3000 Concentrator families.

Cisco’s appliances are shipping with starting prices that range from $3,495 for an SMB version with up to 300 Mbps throughput to $16,995 for an enterprise edition with up to 650 Mbps throughput.

Posted on 05/11