Cyberoam intros Flexi Port appliances
Security solutions vendor, Cyberoam, has unveiled Flexi Port (XP) unified threat management (UTM) appliances as part of its NG Series range.
According to Cyberoam, the new appliances offer flexible network connectivity with I/O slots that allow additional copper/fibre 1G/10G ports on the same security appliance, allowing organisations to upgrade to new technologies easily and cost-effectively.
The vendor has introduced this feature with the CR200iNG-XP and CR300iNG-XP UTM appliances for SMEs and will soon extend it for enterprises.
It explains that virtualisation, converged networks, the need for faster access to stored data, a new breed of network-intensive applications, and more, demand enhanced networking requirements.
However, most of the time, says Cyberoam, limited I/O interfaces in security appliances force many organisations to design their networks around their existing security appliances, resulting in connectivity options becoming a bottleneck in network upgrades. Cyberoam says its Flexi Ports will offer an easy and cost-effective option for future network/technology upgrades in organisational networks.
"The Flexi Port appliances help meet cost and performance needs of growing networks by allowing them to migrate to newer technologies without ripping off their existing hardware and security investments," says Abhilash Sonwane, senior VP for product management at Cyberoam.
"For SMEs that want to shift to fibre 1GbE/10GbE connectivity, [the appliances] give freedom from forced purchase of higher-end security appliances to get desired network interface modules. For enterprises, the Flexi Ports in the NG Series appliances offer the freedom to design their networks as per their requirements and not get bounded by the lack of I/O interface options in their security appliances."
Sonwane also explains that the freedom to choose copper, fibre 1G/10G network interfaces as per an organisation's needs results in lower costs now and investment protection in future. "In addition, Cyberoam's Flexi Ports consolidate the number of devices in a network, offering benefits of power efficiency, reduced network complexity and reduced opex."