Dell Launches Enterprise-Grade FirewallsDell has added three new models to its Firewall portfolio.
Developed by Sonicwall, a company Dell acquired in May of last year for $1.2 billion, the new SuperMassive 9000 series promises "carrier-class network security and performance" in a 1U form factor.
Dell offers the models 9600, 9400, and 9200, which deliver 10 or 20 Gb/s firewall inspection thrpoughput, up to 5.0 Gb/s anti-malware inspection throughput, up to 9.7 Gb/s IPS throughput, up to 11.5 Gb/s VPN throughput, as well as up to 1.5 million connections with a maximum performance of 130,000 new connections per second.
"The volume, form and sophistication of malware inflict huge vulnerability challenges on the corporate network," said Dell's Patrick Sweeney in a prepared statement. "At the same time, enterprises struggle to balance the need for network access and performance with network protection. The Dell SonicWALL SuperMassive 9000 Series solves exactly these enterprise challenges through technology generally associated with carrier-class networks."
The base model 9200 integrates 8 GB of RAM and support for 6,000 site-to-site tunnels, while the 9400 has 16 GB and support for 10,000 tunnels and the flagship model 9600 32 GB with 10,000 tunnels as well. All 9000 series models include four 10GbE SFP+, eight 1GbE SFP, and eight 1GbE ports, as well as one 1GbE management, and one console interface.
According to Dell, the new firewalls can block malware before it enter the network "by looking at all traffic, regardless of port or protocol." The company applies its proprietary Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) technology, which scans every byte of every packet of network traffic across all ports with full inspection of SSL-encrypted traffic and monitoring of non-proxyable applications.
There was no information on availability and price.
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