Check Point boosts firewall/VPN performance

Check Point Software Technologies has increased the top speed of its firewall and VPN software by providing a new Performance...

Check Point Software Technologies has increased the top speed of its firewall and VPN software by providing a new Performance Pack.

The announcement was made at the Check Point Experience user conference held this week in Anaheim, California, USA.

The VPN-1/Firewall-1 XL Performance Pack is a software module that can be added to Check Point's VPN-1/Firewall-1 XL software to ratchet firewall performance up over 3Gbps and virtual private network (VPN) performance to nearly 1Gbps per second on off-the-shelf hardware, Greg Smith, director of product marketing at Check Point, said. Those performance figures were achieved on a system using dual 2.2Ghz Intel Xeon processors, he said.

The new software also allows for up to 40,000 simultaneous VPN tunnels, the company said.

A virtual private network is a means of securely connecting to a corporate network, often remotely, using the public Internet as if it were a component of the private network.

The new Performance Pack will be available in May at a cost of $6,000 (£4,129) per enforcement point. Typically, the Performance Pack will be applied to the enforcement point that receives the most traffic, though multiple points equipped with the upgrade can be clustered for added speed, Smith said.

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