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February 2, 2010

Sourcefire launches 20Gbps Intrusion Prevention System

Two-sensor cluster to help users inspect and block traffic on high-speed networks

By CBR Staff Writer

Sourcefire, a provider of intelligent cybersecurity offerings, has unveiled a new 20 gigabits per second (Gbps) Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) offering.

Sourcefire said that its 3D System can support throughput up to 20Gbps, by clustering two 10Gbps 3D9900 sensors. Its 20Gbps IPS cluster incorporates intelligent load balancing technology within each 3D9900 Sensor, eliminating cost and complexity of external load balancing devices.

The company claims that the new 3D9900 sensor is optimised to support simultaneous execution of IPS, real-time network awareness and real-time user awareness processes, and is available in two configurations, with four 10Gbps SR fiber ports or twelve 1Gbps copper ports.

The 3D9900 Sensor can be deployed in inline or passive mode both at the edge and the data centre to protect customers’ information and infrastructure, the company said.

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Tom Ashoff, senior vice president of engineering at Sourcefire, said: “As organisations grow their bandwidth needs to accommodate increasing applications and users, Sourcefire is committed to delivering easy to install, cost effective and scalable solutions that help protect customers’ investments.

“With the 3D9900 cluster, we are providing customers with the ability to protect their fastest network segments with the same Sourcefire 3D System technology they trust throughout the rest of their network.”

The Sourcefire 3D9900 Sensor is available immediately and the support for the 3D9900-based 20Gbps cluster is anticipated for the first half of 2010.

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