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TippingPoint Pushes 5-Gig Protection

TippingPoint Technologies Inc. will unveil its first new product following its $430 million acquisition by 3Com Corp. (Nasdaq: COMS), at this weeks RSA Conference in San Francisco (see 3Com Takes TippingPoint).

The company, which is now operating as a division of 3Com, is launching its new high-end IPS device, the 5000E. Like Tipping Point’s previous top-of-the-range device, the 2400, the 5000E has a 2U form factor and is built around the same internal architecture. But there is one major difference: throughput.

Whereas the 2400 is capable of 2 Gbit/s of throughput, the 5000E can achieve 5 Gbit/s, according to Tipping Point execs. This figure is based on internal benchmarking, although the Austin, Texas-based vendor says that the 2400’s performance has already received the rubber stamp from a number of third-party testing firms.

Tipping Point is not the only company playing in the busy security appliance space, and the 5000E comes up against products from rival vendors Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) and McAfee Inc. The 5000E certainly appears to be stretching the throughput envelope. McAfee’s top-end appliances, the IntruShield 4010 and 4000 are both capable of 2 Gbit/s, and Juniper’s high-end box, the NetScreen IDP-1000, offers 1 Gbit/s.

One organization in a good position to judge the merits of the 5000E is the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, which uses several 2400s in its network. Doug Brown, the University’s manager of security services tells NDCF that he has been testing a 5000E for the last two months.

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