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Sophos extends UTM to the enterprise

New UTM and branch security appliances set to ‘improve operations’

Sophos extends UTM to the enterprise
Sophos RED 50 comes with a 4-port gigabit switch and two gigabit wide area network interfaces.

Security solutions vendor Sophos has expanded its network security offerings with two enhanced high-end Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances, Sophos UTM 525 and 625, and the new Sophos RED 50 (Remote Ethernet Device), which the company claims is "the first security solution to offer complete and centrally managed Unified Threat Management for medium-sized branch offices".

With these updates and additions, Sophos aims to extend UTM, Next-Generation Firewall, and branch office security to the enterprise by improving throughput speeds and performance as well as offering additional deployment options.

To accommodate the needs of larger organizations, Sophos has designed the new enterprise appliances for performance and flexibility enhancement. According to the company, the new appliances can see a 300% increase in firewall throughput speeds to 40 Gbps, as well as the option of field-replaceable LAN (local access network) modules, which extend the UTM appliances allowing organisations to configure the Sophos UTM devices and Next Generation Firewall features to scale their deployments for use in any size of organisation - even where multiple 10Gbps-Ethernet connections are required.

The company has also released a larger RED model, designed to improve upon its branch office security technology. The new model offers increased performance, enhanced connectivity capabilities and new operational functions. The Sophos RED 50 appliance has throughput speeds of more than 300 Mbps, 10 times faster than RED 10 devices, According to Sophos - which the company intends for organisations that need to send larger files, run daily data backups or protect large branch office networks. 

Sophos RED 50 also comes with a 4-port gigabit switch and two gigabit wide area network interfaces. These ports can be connected to two Internet connections at once, allowing for the bandwidth load balancing or failover capabilities many larger branch offices require.

"IT departments at larger organisations are beginning to recognise the benefit of protecting their networks with Unified Threat Management and Next Generation Firewall solutions," said Martin Becker, product manager, Network Security, Sophos.

"However, enterprises require a higher level of performance than SMBs, due to network size. Our new hardware models make it possible for enterprises to reap the benefits of protecting a network with a UTM device without sacrificing performance and security."

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