Firewall and Internet appliance vendor WatchGuard Technologies has completed its $US21 million acquisition of privately owned high-end security appliance manufacturer RapidStream.
The cash-and-stock acquisition provides WatchGuard with some added grunt for its virtual private network (VPN) appliances running Check Point Software. RapidStream's new appliance, RapidStream 11000, runs Check Point software faster than appliances made by other hardware vendors.
RapidStream 11000 tops out with a VPN speed of 1.2Gbps and a firewall speed of 2Gbps. Nokia, the major appliance vendor that Check Point software supports, tops out with a firewall speed approaching 2Gbps but VPN support of only 150Mbps, according to Check Point.