Check Point Software Technologies, a worldwide leader in securing the Internet, has announced the launch of its 13500 Appliance, the first in a new line of 13000 Appliances designed specifically to expand the company’s data centre network security offerings.

Organisations often face the dilemma of choosing between deploying comprehensive security protections and maximising the performance of the network.

The 13500 Appliance provides data centres with Check Point’s most advanced security protections, without compromises in network performance. The 13500 Appliance delivers blazing-fast security performance with 23,6Gbps of real-life firewall throughput, 5,7Gbps of real-life intrusion prevention system (IPS) throughput and 3 200 Security Power Unit (SPU) rating.

In addition to implementing most modern hardware architecture, the 13500 Appliance leverages a wide spectrum of software optimisations and accelerations that in turn maximise hardware utilisation.

Check Point’s multi-layer security protections, with four pre-defined security packages including Next Generation Firewall, Threat Prevention, Data Protection and Secure-Web Gateway are supported on the 13500 Appliance.

These security packages allow for protection consolidation per appliance, delivering better performance to protect organisations against Advanced Persistent Threats and other modern cyber-attacks.

“As cyber-attacks continue to increase and evolve in sophistication, ensuring data centre security has become a top-priority for customers all over the world. However data centre security should not be compromised by tradeoffs in performance,” says Doros Hadjizenonos, sales manager at Check Point South Africa. “Our new 13000 Appliance family solves this challenge for our customers.”

Key features of the Check Point 13500 Appliance include:
* Boosted performance of up to 3,200 SPU;
* 23,6Gbps Firewall and 5.7 IPS throughput in real-life environments;
* Connection capacity of up to 28-million concurrent connections;
* Fully flexible and high performance hardware configuration;
* An array of optional Network Interface Controllers (NIC), commonly shared with the 4000 and 12000 Appliance families; and
* Ease of Data Centre platform operation through advanced management solutions.