WatchGuard Announces Gigabit Firebox Vclass Appliances

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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