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Sophos' Intel Core-Based Security Gateways Now Available

By - Source: Sophos

Sophos has introduced the next generation of their security gateway hardware appliances with the Sophos SG Series. The new mid-range hardware appliances are based on fourth generation Intel Core Processors and offer at least 10Gb/sec throughput. The SG Series represents the company's most recent Unified Threat Management (UTM) and next-generation firewall solution.

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"The new Sophos SG Series appliances are the fastest UTM and Next-Gen Firewall devices we’ve ever produced," says Guenter Junk, senior VP and general manager of the Network Security Group at Sophos. "They run our latest operating system, version 9.2, and are optimized to get the most out of latest performance innovations from Intel to ensure our customers and partners get an unrivalled performance and protection combination."

Sophos SG Series Security Gateway ModelsSophos SG Series Security Gateway Models

Sophos' UTM operating system, Sophos UTM Accelerated (9.2), was announced in early March 2014 and offers several useful security features. Version 9.2 includes granular https filtering controls, mobile device control for Wi-Fi and VPN security, ability to identify and block botnet activites, and email encryption with policy-based DLP without the need for Public Key Infrastructure. Sohpos UTM Accelerated (9.2) can also be deployed on any Intel-based server in the cloud using AWS.

The SG Series, Sophos' sixth generation of the Intel-based security gateways, are all 1U form-factor appliances. There are six models in the series that offer a range of performance:

  • Firewall throughput -- 11Gbps to 27Gbps
  • VPN throughput -- 1Gbps to 5 Gbps
  • IPS throughput -- 2 Gbps to 8 Gbps
  • Antivirus throughput -- 500 Mbps to 2.5 Gbps
  • Total connections -- 2 million to 5 million

For more information on the SG Series, including a comparison, see this PDF data sheet.

Sophos' SG series was also subject to independent testing by Miercom Labs. In the tests, Sophos' security technology consistently beat out competitors Dell SonicWALL, Forinet FortiGate and WatchGuard in firewall throughput, app control speeds and AV proxy scanning.

The Sophos SG Series is available now. For more information on the hardware appliances visit sophos.com.

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