Radware to deliver Secure Sockets Layer accelerator

Application switching company Radware this week will introduce a new version of its CertainT 100 Secure Sockets Layer accelerator, which company officials say is geared for businesses such as financial institutions and health care organizations, that are seeing the number of secure transactions they must support grow dramatically.

The latest version of CertainT 100 will support 1600 secure transactions per second (TPS), and can be clustered to scale to up to 20,000 TPS, the company says. Radware made its entry into the SSL acceleration market last year with the introduction of the CertainT 100 appliance. In addition to the 1600, Radware offers CertainT 100 - 400, which supports 450 TPS and the 800, which supports 750 TPS.

The CertainT 100 SSL accelerator speeds up network performance by offloading SSL encryption and decryption that can put a drain on Web servers, says Michael Rothschild, product manager at Radware.

The CertainT 100 can be deployed directly in front of Web servers to handle all secure traffic that comes through the network, or it can be clustered and deployed with Radware's Web Server Director load balancer, which will direct secure traffic to the optimal accelerator for encryption and decryption.

With the CertainT 100 - 1600 SSL accelerator, Radware is giving customers "a path to scale," says Rothschild. "It provides users with a full menu of rated SSL accelerators, so they don't have to start with the most expensive and robust. They can buy the cheap one, and don't have to worry about scaling up later on."

Analysts say businesses in larger numbers are looking for SSL accelerators as the amount of secure content on the Internet grows.

"For e-commerce, we see SSL moving beyond just the credit card portion of transactions and being used to encrypt the entire transaction," says Neil Osipuk, directing analyst, e-business infrastructure and hosting at Infonetics Research. "We also see companies wanting to secure valuable content on their public Web sites using SSL. Securing Web content is an emerging SSL trend as it moves beyond use for securing transactions and e-mail/file transfers."

Radware competes with companies such as F5 Networks Inc. and nCipher Corp. Ltd. Pricing for the CertainT 100 - 1600 has not yet been set.

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