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IBM Unveils High-Capacity IPS Appliance At Interop

IBM intends to deliver an intrusion prevention system at the end of June that will be fast enough to take on the network core.

IBM unveiled an intrusion prevention appliance at Interop on Wednesday that's designed to have enough capacity to actually take on a network core instead of sitting out on the edge or in a branch office.

The Proventia Network Intrusion Prevention System, which is slated to ship at the end of June, is geared to transmit and protect network traffic at core network speeds. Kris Lamb, a director of Internet Security Systems at IBM, said in an interview that the high-speed appliance has a 15 gigabit capacity.

"It allows you to take network IPS to places most enterprises haven't been able to take it," said Lamb. "Traditionally IPS appliances are on the edge or in the branches. Companies haven't been able to bring them into the core with the high capacity routers with large port densities. The appliances just haven't had the capacity for the workload."

The appliance is supposed to have the 15 Gps throughput, along with a 6 Gbps inspection rate and protection across eight network segments.

"If you're just doing IPS on the edge, you're doing a good job for e-mails, browsing, data transfers -- things coming in and out of the network," said Lamb. "But in the core, you can provide another level of protection. It will check the entire IP level, looking at every bit and byte going over that network."

Lamb explained that if two colleagues working in the same building sent a word document back and forth, the appliance is designed to inspect the network protocols, along with the content. It would check for malicious code, viruses, or even for transmissions that suck up too much corporate bandwidth.

The Proventia Network Intrusion Prevention System has a list price of $179,995.

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