Symantec Announces New Firewall and VPN Appliance Offering Enhanced Speed and Integrated High Availability/Load Balancing
CUPERTINO, Calif. - May 21, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced Symantec VelociRaptor 1.5, a new version of its popular firewall and VPN appliance. Designed for customers who value ease-of-use and security at a reasonable price, VelociRaptor now provides support for Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and new proxy functions to best secure video conferencing. In addition, VelociRaptor offers the ability to extend the appliance's scalability and eliminate network downtime by integrating high availability/load balancing.
Symantec VelociRaptor offers enterprise-class security by incorporating the hybrid security architecture of Symantec Enterprise Firewall. Unlike other firewalls that require users to open holes into their networks to support video conferencing, VelociRaptor extends its industry-leading security with new full application inspection proxy functions for video conferencing and application sharing (H.323, RTSP). VelociRaptor's integrated full-inspection scanning technique prevents unauthorized access to private networks and confidential information by ensuring data is validated at all seven levels of the protocol stack. Symantec VelociRaptor offers advanced full-inspection engines and automated system hardening to provide more comprehensive protection against complex Internet threats, such as Code Red and Nimda, than traditional stateful inspection firewalls.
VelociRaptor also integrates Symantec's proxy secured VPN technology that now includes the latest AES to provide high-level VPN security at speeds three-times faster than conventional 3DES technology. With its included standards-based gateway-to-gateway VPN, VelociRaptor extends enterprise networks and delivers secure site-to-site remote access to corporate LANs. The full VPN option provides secure remote-to-site tunnels for telecommuters and other remote users equipped with the Symantec Enterprise VPN client with integrated personal firewall.
"Businesses of all sizes require a high level of network security to protect against today's multifaceted Internet attacks," said Greg Gotta, vice president of Symantec product delivery. "The Symantec VelociRaptor firewall/VPN appliance provides an ideal network perimeter security solution for offices that demand exceptional data throughput, remote manageability and enterprise-class security in a plug-and-protect appliance."
Symantec VelociRaptor can support some of the most demanding branch office bandwidth needs with standard throughput in excess of 50 broadband connections (calculation based on typical xDSL connection providing 512Kbps per connection). With the optional integrated high availability and load-balancing (HA/LB) feature, customers can cluster multiple appliances together to handle even higher loads. In addition, when appliances are clustered together, each node continuously monitors the other nodes and if an appliance should fail, the other appliances in the cluster pick up the failed nodes workload to continue to provide round-the-clock protection to the network.
Symantec Security Response ensures customers are protected with the latest updates and information available by proactively providing integrated response specifically matched to the technology offered in Symantec VelociRaptor. Symantec Security Response is a team of Internet security experts who deliver solutions, services and response capabilities to Symantec customers worldwide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The research centers are focused on collecting and analyzing the latest malware threats such as viruses and worms, as well as network security threats and vulnerabilities. Symantec's technical support experts provide customers with information on product implementation and usage, as well as countermeasures and identification tools for new threats. Symantec Security Response also provides time-sensitive security advisories using Web updates, alerting services, technical support and media alerts.
VelociRaptor is a key part of Symantec Enterprise Security, which provides any size organization with the technology, global response and services necessary to manage its information security. Symantec's comprehensive solution offers best-of-breed products to protect gateways, servers, and clients with firewall security, virus protection, intrusion detection, vulnerability management and virtual private networking (VPN). Customers benefit from Symantec's global network of researchers that provide customers with around-the-clock, immediate response to any new security-related attacks. Symantec Enterprise Security customers are also supported by one of the largest professional security organizations in the world, offering security consulting, security education and managed security services. For more information, please visit Symantec's enterprise Web site at http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com.
Pricing and Availability
The Symantec VelociRaptor appliance will be offered in three different models to accommodate varying license and performance needs. VelociRaptor 1100 is available at a suggested retail price of $4,495 and provides a 100-node license. VelociRaptor 1200 is available at a suggested retail price of $9,995 and provides a 250-node license. VelociRaptor 1300 is available at a suggested retail price of $14,995 and provides an unlimited node license.
VelociRaptor is available through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added resellers, distributors and systems integrators. Organizations seeking a reseller or distributor should contact Symantec at http://www.symantecpartner.com/var/var_locate.html.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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