Nokia and Check Point Software Technologies introduced the Nokia's IP740 security appliance, which claims to set a new industry benchmark in gigabit firewalls.
The IP740 is the newest member of Nokia's industry leading Internet security appliance portfolio. Featuring well over a gigabit per second of secure firewall throughput, the Nokia IP740 claims superority in its class for performance and functionality.
Through the use of specialized performance technology jointly developed with Check Point, the IP740 extends the choice of "Secured by Check Point" appliances to ensure secure, manageable and reliable communications between networks, systems, applications and users across the Internet, intranets and extranets. The company asserts that this makes the Nokia IP740 ideal for corporate data centers and business critical service provider network environments.
"The fact that Nokia and Check Point have collaborated to deliver this kind of value and price performance in a gigabit firewall appliance, reinforces their strong position and the power of their combined efforts," says Joel Conover, Analyst of Current Analysis.
"I anticipate the IP740 will be applauded by demanding data center implementations that require constant uptime and the highest level of security, without sacrifice."
"Our customers recognize that performance is more than just throughput. It is also as much about reliability, rapid deployment and manageability." says Bob Brace, vice president of marketing, Nokia Internet Communications.
"The Nokia IP740 extends our customer's options while fully leveraging their existing investments in policy management, software, training and personnel."
Beyond its gigabit firewalling capabilities, the IP740 is designed for maximum network uptime with its hot swappable components and redundant power supply option. It includes four integrated Ethernet interfaces, two type II PCMCIA slots offering support for modems and four CPCI slots for gigabit Ethernet, and a flexible range of local and wide-area network interfaces.
In addition the IP740 has an internal slot that can be fitted with other feature cards such as a VPN accelerator. Consistent with the entire IP network security appliance portfolio, the Nokia IP740 is pre-configured and tested for rapid deployment, offers full IP routing with a suite of IP routing protocols.
The Nokia IP740 platform is scheduled for availability in August 2001 in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.