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April 15, 2009
Crossbeam Systems Inc., a provider of next-generation security platforms for high-performance networks that sells 100 percent through the channel, has announced the evolution of its X-Series Next Generation Security Platform with the introduction of its fourth-generation application and network processing blades and the release of the latest version of its open secure X-Series Operating System (XOS) 8.5 — key software and hardware components of the X-Series architecture.
The X-Series is a security platform that virtualizes the delivery of security applications and has been tested to rates of 40gbps with ultra-low latency, providing scalability and flexibility to meet the needs of large enterprises and service providers.
The fourth-generation application processing (APM 8650) and network processing (NPM 8620, NPM 8650) blades enable customers to reduce their data center footprint and consolidate security and networking devices onto one X-series chassis at an increased ratio of up to 50:1 — more than double the consolidation benefits over the previous generation, the company explained.
“The traditional approach to security, in which every new threat or compliance mandate requires adding more special-purpose appliances and network gear to the security infrastructure, is simply too complex, too difficult to manage and too expensive to be considered viable,” said Chet Gapinski, vice president of engineering at Crossbeam. “The X-Series delivers a proven carrier-class architecture for network security, providing the only open and extensible platform that easily scales on demand while driving down costs through massive network consolidation. Our new modules, combined with XOS 8.5, significantly extend these capabilities and benefits.”
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