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Security for high performance networks

McAfee : 22 April, 2008  (New Product)
M-8000 and Content Security Blade Server deliver 10Gbyte network security without loss in network performance.
McAfee has announced two products that strengthen the company's leadership position in network security. McAfee M-8000 Network Security Platform (formerly known as McAfee IntruShield Network Intrusion Prevention) and the McAfee Content Security Blade Server eliminate performance bottlenecks, reduce complexity and deliver uncompromised intrusion prevention, e-mail and Web security.

"Today McAfee is changing the game for network security," said Dave DeWalt, president and chief executive officer of McAfee. "For customers, it means that they now have access to the strongest, fastest network security solutions available today. For McAfee, it means that we continue to extend our leadership with a series of industry firsts. Network security is a key part of our growth strategy as we strive to be the industry's most innovative and comprehensive security vendor."

Large organisations are adopting high-speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks in order to conduct business more quickly and efficiently. These organisations need intrusion prevention systems that can keep up with the speed of these networks and provide more actionable, integrated and efficient security. McAfee Network Security Platform is the only single product solution with the breadth of coverage and performance and true 10Gbps performance.

In the same environments, customers require high-performance and scalable e-mail and Web security solutions. By offering this security in a blade server format, customers benefit from breakthrough performance, vastly reduced complexity, and a lower total cost of ownership.

"The McAfee Network Security Platform provides Cerner the flexibility of deployment at strategic, high-bandwidth locations within our network, resulting in lower total cost of ownership and higher return on investment," said Gary Long, information security officer for CernerWorks, a division of Cerner. "The McAfee platform provides growth to meet our ever-increasing demands, and we will be able to support 10-G fabric as our technology progresses."

With this announcement, McAfee extends its lead in network security by being first to deliver integrated e-mail and Web security that scans up to five million messages per hour and up to 50,000 concurrent Web users. As the first company to deliver a fully extensible content security platform for e-mail and Web security, McAfee also becomes the first to deliver multi-Gigabit network IDS/IPS, virtual IPS technology and encrypted threat protection. McAfee is also the first company to integrate IPS with vulnerability management, NAC and system security management.

The McAfee Network Security Platform is designed to meet the explosive growth of IPS in the network core and data centre, as well as the rapid growth of high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks. McAfee Network Security Platforms provide carrier-class reliability and scalability that large enterprises demand. McAfee was the first to integrate signature, behavioural and DoS/DDoS detection on a single purpose-built appliance.

The McAfee Network Security Platform allows customers to simplify deployments while supporting higher throughputs. Customers also receive integrated protection, an easy-to-use platform, broad asset protection, maximised business availability, reduced liability, and security cost avoidance—all with 10 Gbps performance without security trade-offs.

McAfee's new Content Security Blade Server represents a breakthrough in e-mail and Web security. The product has been designed to scale easily from 700,000 to five million per hour and 50,000 Web users simply by adding more blades. The blade server features built-in failover and redundancy, a built-in resource manager, which removes the need for external load balancer, and the ability to "hot-swap" blades. As the market leader in blade infrastructure, HP is supplying HP BladeSystem c-Class products to McAfee for the Content Security Blade Server.

McAfee's Content Security Blade Server provides a fully extensible content security platform offering E-mail security, Web security, URL filtering, anti-spam, anti-phishing, and safe searching stopping all of today's growing malware threats. Additionally organisations benefit from lower cost of ownership by reducing the need to purchase and manage multiple point products. McAfee also offers flat rate pricing (no per user fees) which provides significant cost savings.

McAfee's Content Security Blade Server provides several benefits for companies that are working to adopt "green" computing practices. The product helps companies save 25% on data centre costs, which include power and cooling. Compared with traditional appliance or server form factors, the Content Security Blade Server also reduces space requirements, helping companies reduce the physical footprint needed to manage security.
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