HP Unveils ProCurve Firewall, Security Ambitions

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-04-27 Print this article Print

Hewlett-Packard launches its first firewall based on ProCurve networking technology. It's the latest, and perhaps most significant, move to expand its presence in the security market. For solutoin providers, HP could be the next major player in security.

The pantheon of major security players includes the likes of Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, IBM, Symantec, McAfee and even Microsoft. Missing among the noted is Hewlett-Packard, which has fielded security products over the years, but not a concerted effort to stake out a piece of the security market.

That's changing, rapidly. Today, HP unveils its first firewall/intrusion prevention appliance based on ProCurve 8212 and 5400 Series switches. The new hardware introduction is a milestone in the HP goal of not only establishing a significant security presence, but also marks a significant step in its evolutionary to disrupt the entire security and IT infrastructure marketplace.

"We're a new kind of security player that reduces the gaps and reduces the complexity of security," says Chris Whitener, HP's chief security strategist. "You'd really have to bolt together IBM, Dell and EMC to get the breadth of HP. We are the first horizontal security player."

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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