DELL'S SECURITY DIVISION has announced that it is working on a next-generation Firewall (NGFW) that it claims is the first to deliver deep packet inspection (DPI) speeds of up to 120Gbps.
The company will demonstrate these speeds at the RSA conference in San Francisco this week, and said that the NGFW cluster enables an "easy migration path" for the future growth of enterprise networks.
Dubbed a "firewall sandwich" of high DPI performance, better security efficiency and N+1 resiliency, the NGFW architecture is also said to lower the cost of demanding data centre operations.
"SSL decryption and inspection are critical NGFW capabilities required to effectively uncover malware deeply hidden inside encrypted web sessions and provide deeper perimeter network security," said Dell.
"In this network design, the Dell SuperMassive NGFW with onboard SSL decryption can be incrementally deployed and horizontally scaled infinitely to address SSL performance loss and increase SSL decryption and inspection performance."
The company will show off the technology at RSA in collaboration with Array Networks and Spirent Communication to give a demo of a highly-resilient, scalable, 'Open Firewall Sandwich' layer 3 architecture.
Dell will be joined by Ixia in demonstrating a network-based model for scaling the NGFW with DPI speeds of above 100Gbps.
Dell also unveiled several updates to the SecureWorks offering, which it claims will help firms increase network security and grow their business.
Updates include improved services in Dell Secure Mobile Access (SMA) solutions to increase mobile productivity for remote workers while protecting critical data from cyber threats.
The new SMA 11.2 release adds secure access to more resources using a standard HTML 5 browser, which Dell said allows easier access for most smartphone, tablet and laptop users while reducing reliance on Java and ActiveX components.
The new release adds HTML 5 browser access to Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp ICA support.
Dell said that new SMA 6200 and 7200 appliances also offer increased scalability. The SMA 6200 entry-level platform supports up to 2,000 concurrent users, while the SMA 7200 mid-range platform supports up to 10,000 concurrent users.
The SMA updates arrive six months after Dell revealed the SuperMassive 9800 firewall, which it claimed would protect against high-profile bugs such as Shellshock and Heartbleed.
Touted at the time as the most powerful in the SuperMassive 9000 line-up, the 9800 offered Dell's Reassembly-Free DPI single-pass threat prevention engine, and advanced DPI with speeds up to 20Gbps. That's a whopping 100Gbps less than the speed it is about to go for at RSA. µ
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