New McAfee IPS offers 40 Gbps throughput

The new NS series of McAfee IPS appliances offers 40 Gbps. McAfee has also acquired NGFW vendor Stonesoft.

LAS VEGAS—McAfee announced a line of high-capacity network intrusion prevention devices that are the first to be powered by processors from parent company Intel Corp.

The new NS series of McAfee’s IPS appliances is engineered to support up to 40 Gbps throughput and can maintain that performance regardless of the number of IPS services running, said Vinay Anand, vice president of product management at McAfee's network security business unit.

McAfee introduced three NS appliances: the 40 Gbps 9300, the 20 Gbps 9200 and 10 Gbps 9100 at Interop 2013. All of the systems are equipped with upgraded NSP software that includes improved visibility, more robust deep packet inspection and other features, Anand said.

McAfee IPS engineered with Intel Xeon

The devices were designed in the same form factor as McAfee's existing M-series line of intrusion prevention systems, but they can support much higher throughput and port density as a result of how McAfee has harnessed and optimized the Intel Xeon processers, Anand said. They are commercially available now and priced from $165,000 to more than $300,000.

The highest capacity McAfee IPS box, the NS 9300, which quadruples the throughput of McAfee's existing IPS device, is geared to data centers and large enterprises that need their IPS to scale as bandwidth demands increase.

The release of the appliances came days after McAfee said it will purchase Finnish firewall vendor Stonesoft for approximately $389 million in cash. The acquisition, scheduled to close in the next two months, will allow McAfee to integrate Stonesoft's technology with its other products and thus fortify its overall network security portfolio, Anand said.

"The new hardware reinforces our position in IPS and the new acquisition will position us as a leader overall in network security," he said.

Stonesoft supplies a range of next-generation firewall products as well as evasion prevention systems and SSL and VPN applications. The Helsinki-based firm has more than 6,000 customers, to which McAfee can also market its IPS products.

In its most recent Magic Quadrant , Gartner rated Stonesoft as the sole visionary in the firewall market. Gartner gave Stonesoft high marks for its next-generation firewall technology but said enterprises outside of Europe weren’t aware of the company. McAfee’s acquisition should boost the company’s profile.

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