WatchGuard Announces Gigabit Firebox Vclass Appliances

WatchGuard has announced its Vclass firewall appliances with support for up to 20,000 IPSEC VPN tunnels and 75-600 Megabit firewall throughput.

By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted Apr 29, 2002
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WatchGuard Technologies has announced its Vclass line of firewall appliances: a series of devices aimed at the gigabit market that support up to 20,000 IPSEC VPN tunnels and 75-600 Megabit firewall throughput.

The Firebox V100 is a 1u appliance offering two 1-Gigabit Ethernet and two high availability (HA) ports. The company says it's suited as a Firewall/VPN concentrator for large-scale, distributed enterprises, data centers and service providers. Networking features include multi-tenant capability, VLAN, Quality of Service and server load balancing. The V100 also features 600 Megabit firewall throughput, 300 Megabits per second 3DES VPN performance and up to 20,000 IPSec VPN tunnels.

The Firebox V80 has four 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports and two HA ports with 270 Megabit firewall and 150 Megabit 3DES VPN throughput. The Firebox V80 is targeted at large enterprises with large-scale VPN deployments. The Firebox V60 delivers 200 Megabit, wire-speed firewall performance, 100 Megabit 3DES VPN throughput and supports up to 400 IPSec tunnels. With 75 Megabit firewall, 20 Megabit 3DES VPN throughput and support for 10 IPSec tunnels, the V10 is an excellent match as a VPN endpoint for the Firebox V100, V80 and V60 appliances. The Firebox V10 can be licensed to support 10 or 25 users.

The new appliances include Vcontroller, a robust, Java-based software application that provides an added layer of security when managing and configuring site-to-site and site-to-remote VPN locations. An icon and wizard-based graphical user interface (GUI) manages firewall and VPN policies.

WatchGuard is also offering Vclass customers an optional Centralized Policy Manager (CPM) System. The WatchGuard CPM is a Java-based, distributed client/server security system designed to simplify large-scale deployment and enforcement. The WatchGuard CPM implements centralized and global management enforcement and contains a drag-and-drop feature for deploying policies and configurations. Centralized alarms and logging offer network administrators a global view of traffic configurations and activities.

The Vclass products are also backed by a 1-year limited hardware warranty. The Firebox Vclass is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2002.

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