Check Point rolls out improved security devices for data centres

Check Point Software has release three security products for data centres to improve enterprise security.

They are the 6U-sized 4100 firewall/IPS Security System,  new versions of it Smart-1 Appliances, which enable organizations to consolidate security policy, log, and event management1 devices that analyzes data logs; and the newly-named Next Generation SmartEvent software blades, which run on the Smart-1s.

Aimed at large data centres and telecommunications infrastructures, the 4100 Security System uses the same multi-blade architecture of the larger 6100 but in a smaller chassis — 6U versus 15U.

INSIDE Check Point Software 4100

It offers 30 10Base F SFP+ ports and four 40Base F QSFP ports with three hot-swappable power supplies. It delivers up to 11,000 SecurityPower units (SPU), 40 Gbps of firewall throughput, and 25 Gbps of  IPS throughput.

It can hold up to four security gateway modules and two security switch modules It has a connection capacity of up to 80 million concurrent connections and 1.1 million connections per second for demanding transaction environments, the company said.

The base configuration includes two chassis management modules, one security switch module and one security gateway module along with five software blades (firewall, VPN, identity awareness, advanced networking, acceleration and clustering).

“The 41000 builds upon the technology found in the industry’s fastest Security System, the Check Point 61000, and delivers the power, extensibility and performance needed to secure the data center of the future,” Dorit Dor, vice president of products, said in a release. “Protecting demanding network environment requires that both security and performance to be uncompromised. The 41000 Security System brings together Check Point’s innovative hardware and software solutions that in turn accelerate network security.”

The new Smart-1 appliances perform policy management, log and threat analysis, as well as central management of Check Point security gateways.

INSIDE Check Point Software Smart-1 appliance

They store three times as much data as the previous models, the company said, enabling years of forensic investigation. They can also store up to 100GB of logs per day and can index up to 44,000 logs per second. Additionally, report generation is greatly accelerated through Smart-1 hardware optimization, Check Point said. A Threat Prevention view based on weekly log data can now be generated in ten seconds or less.

The five new Smart-1 security management appliances are: the Smart-1 3150, the Smart-1 3050, the Smart-1 225, the Smart-1 210 and the Smart-1 205. They are used with the new Next-Generation SmartEvent software to offer customers consolidated security management and monitoring.

The manufacturer says the Smart-1 appliances are built to handle business-critical networks with redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, fans and hard drives. They have a wide variety of networking options including built-in 1GbE, and optional 10GbE and SAN interfaces.



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