Cisco Expands Firewall Line
Cisco Systems Inc. beefs up its line of firewall products to improve network security and virtual private network performance.Cisco Systems Inc. Wednesday beefed up its line of firewall products to improve network security and virtual private network performance. Two firewall enhancements, the PIX 506E and PIX 515E platforms, provide improved performance for the PIX 506 and 515 firewall platforms. The enhanced products are slated to increase performance by as much as two and a half times, according to Richard Palmer, vice president and general manager of VPN and security services at Cisco. Calling the firewall product line "the broadest in the industry," Palmer told reporters Wednesday that the upgrades enable e-business by providing multiple security components integrated into the infrastructure. In that same vein, integration among various security components will promote safe e-business applications, he said.
For example, the addition of integrated hardware-based VPN acceleration in the firewalls allows high-performance VPN capacity and at the same time allows network resources to be used for other security functions. "We have embedded VPN acceleration across this family," Palmer said. "Also, were enabling increased integration of security elements in the network."