Nokia, Intel beef up new network security appliance

Nokia's IP2450, featuring two quad-core Intel processors, is aimed at large enterprises and service providers doing high-end network monitoring

Nokia added a new appliance to its network security range that has more processing muscle -- the first product to come out of its collaboration with Intel.

The IP2450 is intended for large enterprises and service providers doing high-end network monitoring. It features two quad-core Intel processors.

Running Check Point Software Technologies' SecureXL VPN (virtual private network) and firewall software, the appliance can handle as much as 9Gbps of traffic using Nokia's IPSO 6.O OS. Adding two Nokia Accelerated Data Path (ADP) cards boosts throughput to 20Gbps.

The IP2450 can also run Check Point's CoreXL software, as well as Check Point's VPN-1 UTM (Unified Threat Management) suite, which includes firewall, VPN (virtual private network), antivirus, URL (uniform resource locator) filtering, and intrusion prevention capabilities or the Check Point VPN-1 Power applications.

The IP2450 is available now through Nokia's channel partners. Pricing can vary depending on the channel partner's relationship with Nokia, but a call to one vendor in London quoted £31,000 ($62,000) for the appliance, plus £7,500 for one year of 24-hour support.

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