WatchGuard XTM 2050 Firewall Secures Network Connections

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The XTM 2050 provides line-speed security inspection on traffic and supports multi-gigabit packet filtering throughput.

Business security solutions specialist WatchGuard Technologies, announced the availability of a security appliance, the XTM 2050, a firewall that provides security for large enterprises and data centers that require a high-performance firewall, application control and intrusion-prevention system to protect against data theft, malware and security breaches. The XTM 2050 starts at $39,995 and is available now from the company’s certified expert and professional partners.

The XTM 2050 provides line-speed security inspection on all traffic, supports multi-gigabit packet filtering throughput and provides application control. It connects offices via a drag-and-drop VPN, connects people via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and IPSec VPN, and gives the enterprise visibility into real-time and historical user, network and security activities.

"The XTM 2050 offers unparalleled performance, security and management controls that make it an ideal solution for enterprises and MSSPs," said Roger Klorese, director of product management at WatchGuard. "With this next-generation firewall, businesses gain newfound abilities to enforce granular policies, which includes having the ability to harness and control social media and Web-based applications on a per-user basis."

Key features include a 20G bps firewall, and up to 10G bps full content inspection, high-port density with sixteen 1GB copper ports and two 10GB SFP+ Fiber ports, port independence (any port can be external, trusted or DMZ), redundant hot-swap power supplies, fans, storage and network-interface cards (NICs), high-availability (active/passive and active/active), WAN and VPN failover, and application control for more than 1,800 applications.

Also included is integration with Active Directory, LDAP, RADIUS and other authentication sources for user-based firewalling, new management, reporting, monitoring, logging capabilities, IPSec site-to-site and remote-user VPN, SSL remote user VPN, advanced voice over IP and HTTPS security, extensive traffic shaping, quality of service (QOS) and bandwidth control, secure connectivity for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices, IPv6 Ready Gold Logo Certified (Routing) and integrated fine-grained application control.

WatchGuard Application Control capabilities allow administrators to exercise control over 1,800 applications, and understand which applications are being used and by whom. Administrators can enforce acceptable use policies for users and groups by category, application and application subfunctions. The intrusion prevention system (IPS) works in tandem with the application layer content inspection to provide real-time protection against network threats, including spyware, SQL injections, cross-site scripting and buffer overflows. The IPS scans traffic on all major protocols, using continually updated signatures to detect and block all types of threats.