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Monday, November 14, 2005

TippingPoint Device Has Broad Appeal -

TippingPoint is poised to step outside its high-end intrusion-prevention niche into the broader security market with a new multifunction device that marks the vendor’s entry into the growing unified threat management space.  he 3Com division is unveiling the X505, its first integrated security device, which combines TippingPoint’s intrusion-prevention technology with stateful inspection firewall, IPsec VPN, bandwidth management, Web content filtering and dynamic routing.

The X505 isn’t competitive in the small- business space, but it is a solid midmarket offering that will compete with SonicWall and Cisco Systems in the unified threat management market, said Bob Kerr, executive vice president and CTO of NetSpec, a Newport Beach, Calif., solution provider.

Up to this point, TippingPoint has been a best-of-breed niche player, Kerr said.  Broadening awareness of TippingPoint and its products will be good for NetSpec’s business, even if it means competition from more VARs sourcing the product through distribution, Kerr said.

Posted on 11/14