Top Intrusion Prevention System Appliance: A 9-Vendor Battle


McAfee NS-9100 and McAfee NS-9200

McAfee claims its NS series Network Security Platforms can scale with speeds of more than 40 Gbps. In addition to intrusion prevention, the appliances have anti-botnet and denial-of-service attack prevention capabilities. Both the NS series 9100 and 9200 appliances received "Recommended" ratings from NSS Labs. The company's low-end 9100 appliance got a 95.1 percent security effectiveness block rate and a total-cost-of-ownership calculation at $12.03 per protected Mbps. The mid-grade NS-9200 model scored a 95.1 percent security effectiveness blocking rate and was given a total-cost-of-ownership calculation of $13.76 per protected Mbps.

NSS Labs said the 9100 outperformed the vendor-claimed throughput on all traffic mixes, but it said the management console has a dependence on Java, which introduces some additional latency.