Most security appliances can handle only one job at a time, but a new appliance from Crossbeam Systems Inc. can keep multiple balls in the air.
Crossbeam this month began shipping a beta version of its X40S security appliance. Unlike most security appliances, which are single-function machines, the X40S Version 2.0 can concurrently run several applications from different vendors.
The Linux-based appliance comprises several modules that can be added or removed as needed. Currently, the box supports Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.s Firewall-1 and VPN-1 applications and Enterasys Networks Inc.s Dragon Sensor intrusion detection system.
Over the coming months, Crossbeam, of Concord, Mass., will add other applications, including protection from distributed-denial-of-service attacks and content security.
The X40S pricing starts at $52,600.