SonicWALL Launches SuperMassive E10000 Next-Gen Firewall
SonicWALL thinks it’s got the last word when it comes to firewall security. The company is launching the SuperMassive E10000 Next-Gen Firewall at RSA 2011 this week, complete with up to 96 cores of processing power per unit. Designed to chew through 40Gbps of firewall throughput and 30Gbps of application control, SonicWALL believes the term ‘future-proof’ is a bit of an understatement. I spoke with Patrick Sweeney, SonicWALL’s VP of Product Management, about the offering:
The E10000 will target the enterprise network infrastructure, and comes in a few flavors ranging from the E10100, E10200 and E10400 to the flagship E10800. The amount of processing power and price tag range respectively, from 12 to 96 cores and from about $90,000 to $250,000. Each unit comes with a blade that provides 12 cores and can be expanded by up to eight blades as needed. SuperMassive units currently run a custom operating system from SonicWALL and run on the high-end networking silicon from Cavium.
“With Project SuperMassive, we developed some key technology that was massively multi-core scale, for realtime package inspections. Intrusions, viruses, etc. … we’re identifying everything,” Sweeney said.
Web 2.0 filtering was a key focus of SuperMassive, along with aligning the device to Gartner’s definition of “next-generation firewall technology,” Sweeney said. Most web traffic goes through port 80 and 83, and it’s no longer sufficient to just close down ports, he noted — granular control and detection is key.
SuperMassive can be clustered with up to eight systems, bringing the 768 processing cores to the network and allowing 120Gbps of real-time scanning for deep packet inspection, intrusion prevention, application control and 60Gbps for malware protection.
Sweeney emphasized that SonicWALL does nothing direct and instead works through its channel. “We have lots of training, deal registrations — good support for the channel.” SonicWALL makes itself an assistant to its partners for large enterprise sales, ensuring large customers are sold the product appropriate for their network infrastructure.
The E10100 is slated to be available in Q2 2011, with the other E10000 series slated for Q3.