Symantec to unveil new VelociRaptor firewalls

Symantec Corp. will unveil three new models of its VelociRaptor firewall appliance line in early May, adding better performance and scalability, expanded protocol proxies and more to the devices.

The firewalls will sport new support for redundant configurations to ensure high availability and load balancing, along with better performance and scalability, said Barry Cioe, senior director of product management at Cupertino, California, Symantec.

The three models will each have four 10/100 Ethernet ports and will add proxies for protocols such as H.323 and RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) used in Web conferencing, allowing them to support secure Web conferences, he said. The appliances will also feature enhanced proxies for longer-supported protocols such as HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) and SMTP (Secure Mail Transfer Protocol), he said.

The VelociRaptor line will include support for the new, U.S. government-approved AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) crypto-system, Cioe said. The firewalls are targeted at offices that have between 30 and 10,000 systems to protect, and offer up to 100M bps (bits per second) of throughput, he added.

The VelociRaptor 1100, the low-end model, is designed for networks of between 30 and 100 nodes, offer 60M bps of throughput and will cost US$4,995, Cioe said.

The 1200 supports up to 250 nodes, can handle up to 100M bps of traffic and will carry a $9,995 price tag, he said.

The high-end model, the VelociRaptor 1300, has no limit to the number of devices it can protect, performs at 100M bps and will cost $14,995, Cioe said.

The firewalls are set to be announced in early May and be available the same month, he said.

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