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Cyberoam introduces FleXi Port (XP) UTM appliances

I/O slots allow additional copper/fibre 1G/10G ports in a single security appliance

Cyberoam introduces FleXi Port (XP) UTM appliances
Cyberoam's Flexi Port (XP) UTM appliances.

US-based network security appliances vendor Cyberoam this week announced Flexi Port (XP) UTM appliances as part of its "future-ready" NG Series range.

The new appliances are said to offer flexible network connectivity with I/O slots that allow additional copper/fibre 1G/10G ports on the same security appliance, allowing organisations to upgrade to new technologies "easily and cost-effectively", according to Cyberoam.

The feature is available with CR200iNG-XP and CR300iNG-XP UTM appliances for SMEs and Cyberoam will soon extend it for enterprises.

Cyberoam argues that limited I/O interfaces in security appliances force most organisations to design their networks around their existing security appliance, resulting in connectivity options becoming a bottleneck in network upgrades. Cyberoam's Flexi Ports are designed to offer "an easy and cost-effective option for future network/technology upgrades in organisational networks".

 "The FleXi Port (XP) appliances help meet cost and performance needs of growing networks by allowing them to migrate to newer technologies without ripping off their existing hardware and security investment," said Abhilash Sonwane, SVP, Product Management, Cyberoam.

"To SMEs who want to shift to fibre 1GbE/10GbE connectivity, they give freedom from forced purchase of higher-end security appliances to get desired network interface modules. For enterprises, the Flexi Ports in the NG Series appliances offer them the freedom to design their networks as per their requirements and not get bounded by the lack of I/O interface options in their security appliances.

"The freedom to choose copper, fibre 1G/10G network interfaces as per their needs results in lower costs now and investment protection in future. In addition, Cyberoam's Flexi Ports consolidate the number of devices in a network, offering benefits of power efficiency, reduced network complexity and reduced OPEX."

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