WatchGuard Rolls Out New High-End Appliances

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Aiming to expand its reach into the large enterprise market, WatchGuard Technologies Monday rolled out a new series of high-speed security appliances.

The vendor has traditionally targeted the SMB market, but its new Firebox Vclass series of appliances meets the demands of its larger customers and distributed enterprises, said Mark Stevens, senior vice president of network security at WatchGuard, based here.

The appliance comes in four models. The Firebox V100, tailored for data centers, features two 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, two high-availability ports, 600-Mbps firewall performance, 300-Mbps 3DES VPN throughput, and supports up to 20,000 IPSec VPN tunnels. The device also has multitenant capability and server load balancing.

"This is really our first step into the Gigabit arena," Stevens said. "It's very important to have the right feature set when you step up to that market."

The V80 supports up to 8,000 IPSec tunnels, has four 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports, two high-availability ports, 270-Mbps firewall performance, and 150-Mbps 3DES VPN throughput. The V60 offers 200-Mbps firewall performance, 100-Mbps 3DES VPN throughput and supports up to 400 IPSec tunnels.

The V10, designed to work as a VPN end point in a small office, has 75-Mpbs firewall performance, 20-Mbps 3DES VPN throughput and can be licensed to support 10 or 25 users.

The new product line is designed to compete with products from Netscreen Technologies and Cisco Systems, Stevens said.

MSRP prices ranges from $24,990 for the V100 and $10,990 for the V80 to $590 for the V-10.

WatchGuard also on Monday announced the general availability of its RapidStream brand of ASIC-based VPN/firewall appliances operating on Check Point Software Technologies products. WatchGuard acquired RapidStream earlier this year.

The appliances give VARs a way to offer Check Point-based appliances that are competitive with products from NetScreen and Cisco, Stevens said.

The product line comes in four models, including the RapidStream 2100, which provides 70-Mbps 3DES VPN throughout, 240-Mbps firewall performance and supports up to 400 IPSec tunnels. Available now, the 2100 model has an MSRP of $5,000.

Slated for availability later this year, the RapidStream 11000 offers 1.2-Gbps 3DES VPN throughput, 2-Gbps firewall performance, and supports up to 40,000 IPSEC VPN tunnels and 200,000 concurrent sessions.

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