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CheckPoint Upgrades VPN-1 :Network Security Virtualization

With all the talk about Virtualization and the hype around it, it would make perfect sense to have also thought about Security, right? Sorry kidding! A security expert would not think of it as a joke.

Security is paramount especially when the Virtual Infrastructure begins to roll out. These decisions are very crucial. We have spoken about Reflex VSA in the past. I also coordinated an international project when we too the VSA for a test drive. But CheckPoint too has been there for quite a while. Do check it out, I haven't run it in VMware (yet) but am in a process of testing/learning about CheckPoint tutorials in VMware ;-).

From the horse's mouth:

What is CheckPoint?

Check Point VPN-1 Power VSX is a virtualized security gateway that allows managed service providers (MSSPs), including application and telecom service providers, as well as enterprises with virtualized networks to create up to 250 virtual security systems - including firewall, VPN and intrusion prevention - on a single hardware platform.

Anyways this is their latest upgrade announcement:

New Benefits of VPN-1 Power VSX NGX Include:

  • Throughput Limitations Eliminated - New linear growth clustering technology in VPN-1 Power VSX provides more efficient distribution of virtual gateways - optimizing overall performance and network security scalability as the number of virtual gateways grows.
  • Lowered Operational Costs – Resource controls in VPN-1 Power VSX improve overall cost efficiency, minimizing spending for costly network security infrastructure builds.
  • Business-Focused Control - New lightweight network QoS control enables administrators to make necessary changes for special requirements of varying traffic types. With minimal impact on performance, traffic is prioritized for overall efficiency and network security to align resources with mission-critical business operations.

Do not neglect security when rushing to virtualize everything!


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