Sophos Ltd. carries on with its security agenda, releasing two new unified threat management (UTM) appliances, the Sophos UTM 525 and UTM 625, flanked by the Sophos RED 50 (remote Ethernet device). The trio of appliances is targeted at the enterprise, looking to bring security solutions to mid-sized branch offices and other areas that need central management of security.
The UTM 525 and 625 are designed for high throughput networks, with 40 Gbps capabilities and improved firewall speeds overall, promising a 300 percent increase in traffic flow through the firewall. The UTM 525 and 625 feature replaceable LAN modules, allowing IT admins or partners to outfit (or repair) the unit to support larger scale deployments or different throughput options.
The Sophos RED 50 is an expansion of the RED 10 appliances and an evolution of the RED technology derived from Sophos’ 2011 acquisition in of Astaro. RED 50 offers the same branch link capabilities, needing only a single Sophos UTM appliance at a corporate headquarters to act as central management console for RED devices. This allows RED 50 to be deployed virtually anywhere in the world at any branch office and connect to home base with zero-configuration.
RED 50 promises to bring additional security capabilities alongside improved performance and operational functions. The RED 50 allows up to 300 Mbps, critical for organizations that handle large files. The RED 50 also includes a 4 port switch with two WAN ports, allowing either redundant fail-over or dual traffic-managed connections for heavy loads.
Service providers partnered with Sophos may want to lead with this feature, as it can maximize manageability of branch offices and provides simplified control of security and compliance issues, as management of a single UTMs sends policies down stream. This also minimizes the investment needed for more complex and sensitive VPN operations.
Although Sophos offers a range of virtualized and software-based appliances, these offerings buck a Gartner prediction that by 2015, 20 percent of the VPN and firewall market will become a virtual switch option on a hypervisor instead of a physical appliance. This physical two-appliance tandem allows for a easier approach to services expansion with little software-related installation, configuration and management — a likely reason why Gartner predicts only 10 percent of enterprise security product capabilities will be delivered via the cloud in 2015.
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