Snapgear Launches Powerful New Small-Medium Enterprise Range Of VPN Firewall Appliances

Affordable, high-performance products designed specifically to protect the small-medium enterprise from Internet-based attacks

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – December 5th, 2002 – SnapGear, Inc., a leading supplier of Internet security solutions, announced shipping of their powerful new enterprise class of VPN firewall appliances.

The new products cater for the needs of small to medium enterprises (SME) for security and remote access. With considerable expansion capabilities the products are ready to provide enterprise class content filtering, scalable remote management, and further enhancements covered by SnapGear’s unique “free lifetime firmware upgrades” policy.

The new products are based upon the Hitachi SuperH family of microprocessors and give the products unprecedented capabilities to address SME Internet access and security requirements with extensive firewalling, anti-intrusion, and VPN extensions (including impending VPN LAN bridging technology). Designed and manufactured in only six months, the units represent the culmination of several years engineering research while remaining free of legacy technology performance and security constraints.

About the SnapGear SME530 and SME550
The SnapGear SME5xx family, powered by the Hitachi SuperH SH4 processor, allows SME companies to enjoy robust, edge-network protection and privacy of communications. Designed to become the VPN/Firewall standard for the 21st century, the SME5xx family incorporates security and VPN features not found in other products in the marketplace today such as both narrowband and broadband access, Intrusion Detection System (IDS), URL content-filtering option (up to 1000 users), stateful firewall, VPN (PPTP, IPSec, and dynamic VPN endpoints), LAN throughputs up to 50Mb/s, VPN throughputs up to 10 Mb/s, no inbuilt user limitations, and lifetime firmware upgrades. Further information may be obtained from www.snapgear.com/products.html

SME530
The SME530 is intended for enterprise use with VPN throughput of up to 3Mb/s – ideal as a concentrator for remote access workers as well as providing private networking between offices.

Specs: 2 x 10/100 ethernet ports, RS-232 port with full modem handshaking, 4Mb Flash, 16Mb RAM. These units have a ruggedised metal case and are intended for small to medium enterprise users who want broadband/narrowband failover, enterprise content filtering (up to 1000 users), and the expansion memory for many years of life. There are no user limits or additional VPN tunnel licensing. Each unit can handle hundreds of network users with free lifetime firmware upgrades. LAN throughput 25Mb/s, suitable for broadband VPN using IPSec 3DES at speeds up to 3Mb/s. Intended as an edge network device the unit can easily support 250 simultaneous remote workers and branch office connections. Interoperates with most other leading VPN technology. Suggested retail price of US$349 (USA price only). Further information from www.snapgear.com/sme530.html

SME550
The SME550 is intended for larger enterprise use with high speed VPN throughput of up to 10Mb/s. This device is suitable as an edge VPN firewall appliance or even as a workgroup shield in highly sensitive corporate and military environments. At an affordable pricetag, even a small enterprise can afford to have Fortune 500 levels of security and access convenience.

Specs: 2 x 10/100 ethernet ports, RS-232 port with full modem handshaking, 8Mb Flash, 16Mb RAM, network security accelerator. These units have a ruggedised metal case and are intended for small to medium enterprise users who want broadband/narrowband failover, enterprise content filtering (up to 1000 users), the expansion memory for many years of life and feature enhancements, and uncompromising VPN throughput. There are no user limits or additional VPN tunnel licensing. Each unit can handle hundreds of network users with free lifetime firmware upgrades. LAN throughput 25Mb/s, suitable for broadband VPN using IPSec 3DES at speeds up to 10Mb/s. Intended as an edge network device the unit can easily support 500 simultaneous remote workers and branch office connections. Interoperates with most other leading VPN technology. Suggested retail price of US$499 (USA price only). Further information from www.snapgear.com/sme550.html

Availability
Shipping December 10th world-wide. Japanese localized versions to be announced soon in a separate release.

About SnapGear, Inc.
SnapGear Inc. produces Snap Gear VPN Firewall Appliances designed to provide Internet security and privacy of communications for small to medium enterprises. SnapGear Inc. also does complete custom engineering and provides turnkey development, design, manufacturing, and fulfillment services for a variety of customers across the globe. For more information on Snap Gear products and services please visit www.snapgear.com

“Snap Gear” is a trademark of SnapGear Inc. All other products, services, companies and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.




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