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ISS Sets Out 10-Gig Strategy

Security vendor Internet Security Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ISSX) has given a glimpse of its product roadmap for the next 18 months, which involves new ASIC technology and a 10-gigabit IPS device.

Earlier this year, the Atlanta-based vendor launched its high-end G2000 2-gigabit IPS device. However, the appliance does not rely on ASICs for front-end processing. Speaking on a conference call for financial analysts yesterday, Chris Rouland, the ISS CTO, explained that the company is now adding front-end ASICs in an effort to boost its throughput story.

We’re currently developing ASIC boards and we’re testing for throughput,” he said. This will form the basis of a new 10-gigabit IPS device with VOIP protection features, which is due to be launched next year.

However, precise details on the nature of the ASIC are yet to be revealed, although Rouland claims this architecture will help push the company’s IPS technology from 10-gigabit up to 100-gigabit and beyond.

The plans underline ISS’s intentions to make an impact in the IPS space, where a number of vendors, including Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), and Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR), are all jostling for position. Despite ISS’s background in intrusion detection software, the firm is regarded as something of a latecomer to this market (see ISS Touts New 2-Gig Device).

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