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Check Point breakS price-performance barrier for most demanding security installations Using Dual-Core Processors from Intel

  • 26 September, 2006 15:47

<p>Sydney, September 26 2006 – Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet today announced a performance breakthrough for security software in demanding network security environments. By utilising Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5100 products, Check Point VPN-1® Power™ now offers the best-in-class performance of any integrated firewall, VPN and intrusion prevention software available in the security market by delivering 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of throughput – a security industry first delivered on an open-server platform. This combined technology surpasses the speed of expensive specialised hardware while offering customers the flexibility to take advantage of the most recent high performance hardware developments.</p>
<p>“The Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors 5100 Series provides better power management, reliability, speed, and can boost server performance by as much as two and a half times compared to our previous single-core offering,” said Ton Steenman, general manager of the Infrastructure Processor Division, Intel. “Check Point is reaping the benefits of Dual-Core to offer the market a product that ensures high performance software security for organisations of all sizes.”</p>
<p>The adoption of advanced, bandwidth-intensive applications such as VoIP, streaming video and real-time collaborative solutions have created a demand for high performance security solutions able to keep networks secure from Internet attacks and application vulnerabilities without performance degradation. Deep packet inspection of traffic with intrusion prevention enabled on a network firewall can significantly slow packet processing, causing an organisation-wide bottleneck. Many organisations have turned to ASIC-based hardware to address performance needs but these appliances are expensive, difficult to upgrade and encounter depreciating performance as they deal with new threats.</p>
<p>Check Point VPN-1 Power is the industry’s first integrated firewall, VPN and intrusion prevention solution that delivers the high performance needed to protect large enterprise, high-traffic networks. Through BIOS enhancements and the combination of Check Point SecureXL™ software acceleration technology with Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors 5100 innovations, the optimised open server platform used by Check Point VPN-1 Power enables customers to gain the pre-emptive, deep packet inspection protection of SmartDefense intrusion prevention while future-proofing their investment in network security software with a solution that achieves up to 10 Gbps of throughput. Check Point’s open server approach delivers the promise, flexibility and affordability of software and allows customers to take advantage of complementary technology breakthroughs without protracted waiting due to firmware upgrades or hardware refresh-cycles. By utilising this solution, companies can secure advanced, media-rich applications while protecting against the latest worms and application-level threats using general purpose hardware – saving time and money.</p>
<p>“High performance security solutions are necessary to protect enterprises from Internet threats and attacks as the adoption of bandwidth intensive, media rich applications proliferate in the workplace,” said Dave Burton, director of product marketing, Check Point Software Technologies. “Through the Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5100 Series, we achieved an industry-first 10 Gbps using an open server approach -- a speed unmatched by any other software security vendor. Now customers can enjoy the flexibility of software with the high-performance of hardware at an unbeatable price-performance ratio.”</p>
<p>Dual Core Intel Xeon Processors</p>
<p>Intel Xeon processors are the most-widely deployed server processors in the world and are ideal for a broad range of business solutions, from application servers to e-mail servers to Internet servers. Based on the new Intel® Core™ Microarchitecture and designed for volume 2-way configurations, the new Dual-Core processor based servers deliver additional levels of performance, power-efficiency and reliability to help you improve the efficiency and responsiveness of your server infrastructure.</p>
<p>Check Point VPN-1 Power</p>
<p>Check Point VPN-1 Power delivers comprehensive, accelerated security for today’s demanding environments, with tightly integrated firewall, VPN, and intrusion prevention technologies that provide comprehensive security and remote connectivity for corporate applications and network resources. Using SecureXL security acceleration, it accelerates the industry’s most intelligent security inspection technologies, Stateful Inspection and Application Intelligence™, providing pre-emptive attack prevention against network and application-layer attacks for high-performance networks. VPN-1 Power is available on the industry’s broadest range of open platforms and security appliances—meeting the price-performance requirements of any size organisation.</p>
<p>Check Point SecureXL</p>
<p>Check Point SecureXL is a software interface that enables Check Point to leverage technologies from multiple silicon, appliance and computer system partners to accelerate the performance of firewall and VPN gateways by off-loading simple, though computationally intensive functions to third-party packet processors. Devices utilising the SecureXL technology meet customer needs by delivering multi-gigabit performance in multiple form factors and dramatically improving performance in real-world traffic conditions.</p>
<p>Performance Benefits</p>
<p>Check Point VPN-1 Power achieves performance metrics unmatched by any security vendor in the market at the same price-for-performance measurement. Some key statistics include:</p>
<p>10 Gigabits per second security inspection on a reference server – providing the best price-for-performance in the security industry
Delivers 430 Mbps of throughput with firewall and intrusion prevention enabled for deep packet inspection
2,000,000 packets per second throughput to secure next generation communications such as VoIP and streaming video without performance degradation
Up to 3.17 Gbps of encrypted traffic throughput for IPSec VPN realized on a reference platform</p>
<p>Check Point VPN-1 Power is available immediately with a starting price of $3,989 AUD (hardware costs not included). For more information, please visit or contact your local Check Point reseller regarding platform selections.</p>
<p>About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.</p>
<p>Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. ( is a leader in securing the Internet. It is a market leader in the worldwide enterprise firewall, consumer Internet security and VPN markets. Through its NGX platform, the company delivers a unified security architecture for a broad range of perimeter, internal, Web, and endpoint security solutions that protect business communications and resources for corporate networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets. The company's ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite and additional consumer security solutions are among the highest rated in the industry today, proactively protecting millions of people from hackers, spyware, viruses and identity theft. Extending the power of the Check Point solution is its Open Platform for Security (OPSEC), the industry's framework and alliance for integration and interoperability with "best-of-breed" solutions from over 350 leading companies. Check Point solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of more than 2,200 Check Point partners in 88 countries and its customers include 100 percent of Fortune 100 companies and tens of thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes.</p>
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<p>Intel, Dual Core, Xeon and Core are the trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.</p>

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