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Dell unveils SuperMassive 9800 NGFW

Most powerful model in SuperMassive 9000 Series aimed at mid-size and enterprise organisations

Dell unveils SuperMassive 9800 NGFW
The vendor said that the device would provide enterprises with 'instant security'

Dell has announced the release of its SuperMassive 9800 next-generation firewall (NGFW), which the vendor said is the highest-performance deep-packet inspection firewall now available.

As the most powerful model in Dell's SuperMassive 9000 Series, the SuperMassive 9800 is aimed at mid-size and enterprise organisations, and is supposed to deliver the same protection and performance as Dell's flagship SuperMassive 10000 Series firewalls.

The vendor said that the device would provide enterprises with the "instant security" that they need in the wake of the Heartbleed and Shellshock bugs.

"The recent disclosures of the ShellShock and HeartBleed industry-wide vulnerabilities demonstrate that organisations are literally a few well-formed packets away from infrastructure disaster, proving the need for instant and automated security scaled to meet the needs of the network," said Patrick Sweeney, executive director at Dell Security.

"The feature set of the SuperMassive 9800 provides the unique opportunity to leverage the security solution as a competitive advantage, boosting productivity with the assurance that their data is secure."

The device provides up to 20 Gbps of DPI performance, Dell said, as well as offering "ultra-fast" parallel inspection processing for scalability to higher throughput and connectivity.

The vendor also claimed best-in-class security with a 97.9% security effectiveness. The device features a patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) single-pass treat prevention engine, which searches more levels of data to identify threats.

Along with the new 9800, Dell also announced a complementary management and reporting system, Global Management System (GMS) 8.0, which the vendor said would make NGFW management simple and efficient with its new workflow automation feature.

The SuperMassive 9800 is now available worldwide, while GMS 8.0 will be available worldwide in 2015, Dell said.

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