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IronPort Turbocharges Web Security Appliances

IronPort Systems has recently introduced the industry’s fastest Web security appliances, capable of supporting up to 30,000 end-users with a single device. Delivering up to 100 percent improvement in speed compared to previous models, the new IronPort S-Series hardware platforms feature multiple processors running IronPort AsyncOS, which offers IronPort Web Reputation Filters and multiple anti-malware scanning engines running in parallel to eliminate performance degradation and end-user latency.

Hardware upgrades to the IronPort S-Series product line include the IronPort S660 (designed for large enterprise data centers and able to support up to 30,000 users from a single box) and the IronPort S360 (a powerful option for medium-sized enterprises up to 10,000 end-users). Additionally, the company has introduced the IronPort S160, which expands its comprehensive and user-friendly Web security solutions to the small and mid-sized business market.

Web traffic is expected to grow by 51 percent in 2008, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index – Forecast and Methodology, 2007–2012. This rapid growth will strain network infrastructures, and compounding the problem will be the expected increase in rich Web content, which requires greater processing power and scalability to inspect for acceptable use policies (AUP) and security violations.

Because of this growth in Web traffic, enterprises must find a way to ensure network security while not adversely impacting the end-users’ experience accessing the Web. IronPort’s new, faster Web security appliances utilize multi-core scanning combined with IronPort Dynamic Vectoring and Streaming (DVS) technology to examine potential threats with minimal or no performance degradation or end-user latency. Multi-core scanning divides security tasks across all available processor cores, allowing more processing to be done in parallel to reduce latency and improve scalability.

Web security gateway appliances that are this advanced and fast improve efficiency, require deployment of fewer boxes and consume less power to support greener data center initiatives – resulting in an increased return on investment. A single IronPort S-Series secure Web gateway can typically replace three comparable appliances from competing vendors.

Powerful Security for SMBs:

In the past, solutions this powerful had been reserved for the largest enterprises. But the new IronPort S160 appliance gives small businesses and remote offices the same protection as Fortune 500 companies. The IronPort S160 is a small appliance – taking up only a single rack unit – but incorporates the same powerful Web security capabilities as other IronPort S-Series devices.

“According to a recent industry report, less than 30 percent of enterprise networks employ dedicated secure Web gateways. As a result, we believe there will be a tremendous demand for Web security appliances as Internet traffic grows and malware threats increase,” said Tom Gillis, vice president of marketing at Cisco. “The expansion of the IronPort S-Series product family gives us a breadth of products that are right sized and right priced to meet the needs of organizations of any size. With the ability to serve more end-users with a single device, these products also help enterprises reduce power and space requirements.”

“IronPort’s powerful Web security appliance has enabled us to eliminate a number of devices we have to maintain in the data center, which helps us save space and reduces costs for electricity and IT management,” said Russell Graham, network services manager at Wesley College in Australia.

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