Palo Alto to launch next generation firewall

PA-7050 firewall intended to allow fast data speed while protecting against advanced threats

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Palo Alto to launch next generation firewall The PA 7050 runs Palo Alto's PAN-OS.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 11, 2014

Palo Alto Networks has released a next generation firewall, which is designed to tackle the challenge of moving large volumes of data quickly but securely over corporate networks.

The PA-7050 includes next-generation firewall functions, such as full application enablement, IPS, AV and WildFire active on all traffic, the PA-7050 delivers consistent performance at speeds much higher than alternative offerings. This superior consistency in performance empowers organisations to apply next-generation firewall security throughout their networks – from the edge of the enterprise to the data centre – and ensures security does not become a barrier to achieving high network performance.

The firewall has been architected from the ground up to protect digital assets by identifying and safely enabling all applications, including those encrypted with SSL while blocking known and unknown threats.

The PA-7050 runs PAN-OS, the operating system that is the heart of the Palo Alto Networks platform, and supports throughput speeds up to 120 Gbps for core firewall functionality. The PA-7050 features a distributed processing architecture to provide scalable performance.  Customers requiring additional network capacity simply need to add network processing cards (NPCs) to the PA-7050 chassis.  All traffic going through the PA-7050 is automatically balanced across the network processing modules, seamlessly increasing network performance without added management overhead.

“The PA-7050 allows security teams to achieve two seemingly conflicting goals.  First, it provides state-of-the-art security at the application level and applies scans for attacks, malware, and exploits.  Second, because it has a unique single-pass architecture designed to optimize performance, the PA-7050 can provide all of this security capability at speeds much greater than alternatives in the market; this ensures business processes run smoothly and securely for our customers,” Ercan Aydin, director, Emerging Markets, Palo Alto Networks.

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