A new family of appliances by Juniper Networks is set to open a market for high-performance integrated security and routing devices, the company says.
According to Sander Dales, Juniper’s Sydney-based channel director, the new Secure Services Gateway (SSG) 500 series is a purpose-built hardware platform that provides the performance needed for both internal and external security.
He says the appliances are the first to integrate firewall and virtual private networking (VPN) platforms with local-area network (LAN) and wide-area network (WAN) interfaces, without a compromise in performance.
“The unique value of the product is that it is designed to integrate high-performance security with a broad range of wide-area network connectivity in a single device, where traditionally you would have deployed a router and a security appliance to reach the required level of performance.”
Security devices that also provide wide-area support often suffer from poor performance, but the Secure Services Gateway appliances are purpose built to overcome this issue, says Dales.
He says they will open up whole new market opportunities to deploy the devices as traditional security appliances in medium or large offices or as comprehensive security routers in branch offices.
“It allows you to layer services and perform security not just between branch offices and the internet but all parts of the network.”
The appliances form an ideal platform for the provision of managed security services, says Dales. However, the appliances are not made to be part of a centralised hosted offering and are designed to be installed at a customer site.
Optional intrusion prevention and web filtering services are currently available for the appliances, with antivirus, antispam and anti-phishing capabilities due out in the second half of the year.
“It will be a comprehensive set of security services beyond what most devices do today, which is ordinarily firewalling,” says Dales.
“There will be no hardware add-ins required. It is simply a case of licensing a service and switching it on.”
Two models are available in the Secure Services Gateway range.
List pricing starts at $9,855 for the SSG 520 and $16,312 for the SSG 550, while additional subscription fees will apply for the various security services.