McAfee introduces network IPS for data centers

McAfee announced new capabilities to its Network Security Platform, including a scalable 80 Gbps IPS solution that has been validated at over twice the performance capability of other high capacity network IPS solutions available.

In this new offering, McAfee offers threat protection across physical, virtual and cloud environments and addresses the needs of private clouds in the data center, Telco core networks and service providers networks.

“As organizations increase the capacity of their networks, we have seen an increase in the need for high throughput security solutions,” says Vikram Phatak, CTO, NSS Labs. “At NSS Labs we go to great lengths to determine the maximum performance a device can maintain under real world conditions without degrading protection. We put the McAfee Network Security Platform XC Cluster through our full network IPS test rigor and it successfully passed over 72 Gbps of inspected traffic while maintaining an overall protection rating of 95%.”

The new McAfee Network Security Platform XC Cluster is a high performance solution that gracefully scales to 80 Gbps throughput and 32 million concurrent connections. The latest release of McAfee Network Security Platform allows organizations to scale as you grow, providing the following Next Generation Network IPS features for their environments:

Multi-tenancy for telco and service providers – McAfee Network Security Platform includes granular multi-tenancy options that are purpose built for service provider environments. Create up to 1000 virtual IPS policies per appliance, with granular policy control in each and unique rule-set capability, including features for mobile service providers, allowing management of network policies for separate customers or services.

Inspection of virtual environments – McAfee Network Security Platform includes native inspection of virtual environments through the VMware vShield API. Enforce policy regardless of where the VM physically resides, allowing organizations to leverage native VCenter tools to integrate network security within virtual environments.

Behavior-based threat detection – A new Network Threat Behavior Analysis virtual appliance extends IPS with enhanced visibility, leveraging the network’s Flow data, including rich layer 7 information, to give context to IPS threats. The correlation of network application flows to build a richer picture of threats within the network allows for time-based analysis of threat and application activity.

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