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Symantec launches into hardware

Symantec launches into hardware

Symantec has undertaken its first venture into security hardware with the launch of its VelociRaptor firewall and virtual private network (VPN) appliance.

In hot pursuit of the enterprise space, Symantec has struck an OEM agreement with Sun Microsystems, embedding its own firewall software onto Sun's high-performance Cobalt hardware.

The vendor claims VelociRaptor is the first full inspection application proxy firewall appliance available to enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region.

"VelociRaptor offers additional security to the standard firewall because the operating system is locked down," explains John Donovan, managing director for Symantec in Australia and New Zealand.

Donovan says the channel is articulating a need for security solutions that are fuss-free and easy to configure. In addition, the combined firewall/VPN appliance allows remote management and swift return on investment.

"This way [resellers] don't have to go into the dark art of making firewalls, fighting their way through the patches and hardware," says Donovan.

"The expense of building firewalls is something that is quite difficult to recoup. It's hard to get right, and if you have difficulties you can't turn around and hit the customer up for another couple of thousand dollars."

Symantec says the provision of hardware will not alter the smooth sailing of its channel program. "We factored this in when we launched our new partner program a couple of months ago," says Leigh Costin, Symantec's regional product manager, enterprise solution division.

The VelociRaptor is available in three models; Model 500, which is suitable for protecting networks of up to 50 nodes, Model 700, which is designed for networks of 500 nodes; and the Model 1000, which has an unlimited node licence and optional managed firewall appliance service at two service levels.


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