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Clusters boost Check Point VPN performance

Clusters boost Check Point VPN performance

Check Point Software Technologies soon will release ClusterXL, a new product that will help boost speed and reliability for users of Check Point firewalls and VPNs (virtual private networks), the company said yesterday. A VPN is a secure method of using the public Internet as an extension of the corporate network.

ClusterXL allows administrators to group VPN gateways or firewalls together to share their performance and create redundancies in case one among the group of devices fails, said Mike Lee, product marketing manager at Check Point. If one device fails, the other devices in the cluster can seamlessly resume service to users, thereby improving reliability, he said. ClusterXL can be used with either Check Point software or appliances, Lee said.

The company touts VPN performance of up to 1.2Gbps using the product.

The product, which requires the use of Check Point's Next Generation system, is targeted at large enterprises and service providers with large data centres, Lee said.

ClusterXL will be available worldwide in the first week of December. Pricing terms were not immediately available.


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