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Nokia boosts security with IPSO

Cliff Saran
Nokia has introduced a new version of IPSO, its firewall and virtual private network operating system, which it said would boost the performance of existing security appliances.

By downloading the free upgrade, users will see a two- to six-fold increase in firewall con-nections a second, according to Bob Brace, vice-president of mobile solutions, Nokia Enterprise Solutions. The new operating system will also improve virtual private network (VPN) performance by 300%.

Nokia has also introduced a new high-end Firewall VPN appliance, the 2250, which uses a technique called "accelerated data path" to boost performance. With the accelerated data path, network processing is offloaded from the main processor onto the network adapter cards on the appliance.

Using accelerated data path technology, Brace expected the 2250 to operate at up to 47,000 firewall connections a second and support bandwidth of 2gbps. With businesses beginning to deploy 10gbps networks, Brace said, "we believe the architecture has potential to take [the 2250] to 10gbps performance".

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