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Symantec Speeds Up

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) has overhauled its Gateway family of devices in an attempt to meet user needs for an all-singing, all-dancing, security God-box” -- and just maybe steal a march on one of its key competitors (see Symantec Intros New Series ).

Users are getting tired of managing different boxes and looking more and more for security devices that run the gamut of network protection. Last week, analyst firm Synergy Research Group Inc. said the market for what it defines as "hybrid" security products grew 3 percent in the second quarter of 2005 to $65.2 million. Much of this growth was driven by the move from standalone to multifunction devices, it said.

In an attempt to tap into this demand, Symantec this week unveiled its new 5600 range of Gateways, which combine SSL VPN, IPSec, anti-spam, anti-virus, firewall, intrusion prevention, and intrusion detection.

With this week's announcement, Symantec has almost doubled the performance of its previous Gateway boxes. The maximum firewall throughput offered on the vendor’s previous high-end Gateway device, the 5460, was 1.8 Gbit/s. The new, high-end 5660 offers 3 Gbit/s of throughput, although this figure is based on Symantec’s own in-house testing.

Two other devices, the 5640 and the 5620, were also launched by Symantec this week, offering, respectively, 1 Gbit/s and 600 Mbit/s of throughput.

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