Feeds

Check Point adds hardware UTM

Aims boxed SMB security at the IT generalist

Boost IT visibility and business value

Check Point has announced its first universal threat management (UTM) appliance in a bid to win over mid-sized organisations who want their own security systems, but don't want to buy security software and install it themselves.

Called UTM-1, the box will compete with similar devices from Cisco and Juniper, and from a host of smaller vendors such as Fortinet and Sonicwall. It includes firewall, SSL VPN, anti-malware and web URL filtering, plus the firewall is application-aware and can control both VoIP and instant messaging apps, Check Point's European director Nick Lowe said.

Lowe said most of it is the same technology that Check Point sells in its high-end security software. He claimed that the main omissions are scalability features aimed at larger users, such as clustering and virtual firewalls.

"UTM-1 can have a high-availability pair, and you could add QoS, but the core functionality is an application-based firewall," he said. "It is a fundamentally different approach - it is enterprise-quality security for the mid-market in an easy to deploy package."

He added that the package includes tutorials on how to set up a security policy, aimed at the IT generalist, relatively simple licencing, and a bootable USB key with diagnostic tools and an option to reset to the last known-good configuration, in case things go wrong.

UTM-1 comes in three sizes, priced from $7,500 to $15,500. Update services for the URL filtering and anti-malware services cost another $2,750 a year.

The smallest model has four ports, for LAN, WAN, DMZ and a second DMZ or WAN, and a 400Mbit/s firewall which Check Point claims will cope with up to 250 users.

Other versions add more ports, so an organisation can link its suppliers in via firewalled VPNs, or example, and can handle more bandwidth - up to 2Gbit/s for firewall throughput, for as many as 1,000 users.

Lowe contrasted UTM-1 pricing with a typical price of $18,000 for Check Point's high end VPN-1 firewall software, with no hardware included. "Typically we come in cheaper than our rivals," he claimed. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Broadband slow and expensive? Blame Telstra says CloudFlare
Won't peer, will gouge for Internet transit
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?