NetScreen Joins Integration Movement, Launches Firewall Tool

The tool, dubbed the NetScreen-ISG 2000, was expected to be available to channel partners immediately, although complete functionality was not expected until later this year.

Unlike other integrated security applications, the new NetScreen device features a modular design and a processing architecture built around the GigaScreen3, NetScreen's fourth-generation ASIC. As such, David Flynn, vice president of marketing at the Sunnyvale, Calif., company, said the device provides both flexibility and scalability for enterprise customers.

"The platform represents a new class of product designed to address sophisticated network- and application-level attacks," he said. "Its unique processing architecture and modular design are critical to achieving scalable performance and security functionality that can help protect networks now and into the future."

In particular, Flynn noted that the NetScreen-ISG 2000 is capable of 2-Gbps firewall and 1-Gbps IPsec/VPN performance, and that it supports up to eight Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, 28 Fast Ethernet interfaces or any combination of both. He added that the device can support up to 10,000 VPN tunnels, 512,000 concurrent user sessions and 30,000 new sessions per second.

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The appliance also boasts Deep Inspection firewall technology; dynamic route-based VPN and virtualization; and support for BGP, RIPv2 and OSPF routing protocols that can ease deployment in complex environments. In addition, the device comes with active/active and active/passive high-availability options that can eliminate single points of failure and maximize network connectivity and productivity.

Flynn said he expects the NetScreen-Security Manager to support the tool later this quarter, adding the NetScreen intrusion detection and prevention security module is expected to be available in the second half of 2004.

Pricing for the NetScreen-ISG 2000 is expected to start at $38,000.