Symantec adds firewall appliance

Symantec is looking to capitalise on a bourgeoning firewall appliance market, diving headlong into the space with the local release of its VelociRaptor product.

John Donovan, managing director of Symantec Australia and New Zealand, said the company's move from a pure software focus was instigated by research identifying the emergence of appliances as the next fundamental shift in the way companies handle firewall security.

"The size of the appliance market is set to grow probably faster than any other security segment," he said.

Building from the software-based 'Raptor' firewall that Symantec acquired when it took over Axent, the company has chosen to take the appliance path in response to a growing demand from small and medium-size businesses and remote offices looking to secure their networks.

"Securing information is an issue for all businesses, particularly for small to medium businesses or satellite or remote offices," he said, adding that VelociRaptor offers additional security to the standard firewall because the operating system is locked down.

Symantec said the integrated hardware and software firewall/VPN appliance offers full data inspection, which filters traffic and integrates application level proxies, network circuit analysis and packet filtering into the gateway security architecture.

The VelociRaptor is available in three different models, with the entry-level product - the VelociRaptor 500, which is designed for networks of up to 50 nodes - costing $8965. The next appliance in the range is the VelociRaptor 700 which caters for around 500 nodes, with communication lines of up to 45Mbit/sec, and costs just under $20,000.

The final offering is the VelociRaptor 1000, which is bundled with Security Managed Services, and is delivered in either basic or premium models, costing $57,598 and $71,398 respectively. Both packages enable organisations access to constant remote firewall and VPN management, incident notification, support for problem resolution and regular reporting, according to the company.

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