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ISS Touts New 2-Gig Device

After a delay, Internet Security Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ISSX) has finally unveiled its eagerly awaited G2000 intrusion-and-prevention appliance (see ISS Launches New Proventia Appliances).

The launch was originally scheduled to take place last quarter, but ISS execs held off for a few months to enable further beta testing and training to support the platform (see Subs, Services Support ISS ).

The G2000 is the Atlanta-based firms new high-end IPS system. The two-rack-unit-high device offers a throughput of 2 Gbit/s, according to ISS, compared to the 1.2 Gbit/s offered by the firm’s next largest model, the G1200.

Charles Kolodgy, research director for security products at analyst firm IDC, says that throughput is becoming increasingly important in resolving what he calls a long-running “cultural battle” between administrators and their security counterparts. For many users, tightening up security systems often goes hand-in-hand with a performance dip. “You need to have higher throughput," he insists, "so that you don’t have people turn off the security because it is not giving you the performance you need.”

And ISS has also filled out the lower end of its product family with the launch of the 400-Mbit/s G400 device. “You need to have products at various speeds and abilities," notes Kolodgy. "It will be important to their overall product line."

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