Websense has moved away from its software roots with the launch of an appliance that is aimed at tapping into the demand for hardware that can help counter web and e-mail based threats.
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With the launch of the V100000 secure gateway web appliance the vendor is now able to offer a platform to users that is designed to fend off problems with web 2.0 sites processing and scanning information at the rate of 256MB per second.
Eoin Farrer, director of web security sales at Websense, said that it had decided to launch an appliance based on customer feedback and its own strategic plan to widen its market.
"There are some customers that prefer the appliance form factor and it takes a different approach using it as a platform as well as a dedicated web proxy switch," he said.
He added that the product, which launches at the end of this month, was aimed at the mid market where it expected users would find that they had enough seats to make the product attractive.
Farrer said that it initially expected to attract existing customers but it would also be competing against existing appliance vendors.
He added that most of its resellers had experience with appliances so it did not anticipate a large amount of problems for partners to add the product to their line-ups.