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WatchGuard Expands Unified Threat Management Line

WatchGuard Technologies has introduced four new mid-range models in its Firebox line of unified threat management appliances.

The new Firebox models, including the M290, M390, M590 and M690, are designed for higher performance and have been optimized for HTTPS content inspection throughput. They also offer expansion bays and expansion models for customized port configuration.

Features of the M690 include:

  • Support for 15 million concurrent connections and 146,000 new connections per second;
  • Support for 1,000 VLANS, 1,000 branch office VPN tunnels and 1,000 mobile VPNs;
  • 2.9 Gbps HTTPS content inspection throughput;
  • 29.7 Gbps throughput for firewall (UDP 1518);
  • 5.8 Gbps IPS (full scan);
  • 10 Gbps VPN (UDP 1518) and 3.2 Gbps (IMIX);
  • 6.2 Gbps throughput for antivirus;
  • 8 gigabit Ethernet ports, 2 xSFP+, 2 10 Gbps multispeed;
  • 1 serial and 2 USB ports;
  • 250 host TDR sensors;
  • Redundant power supply; and
  • Optional POE+ ports.

Features of the M590 include:

  • Support for 6 million concurrent connections and 132,000 new connections per second;
  • Support for 750 VLANS, 500 branch office VPN tunnels and 500 mobile VPNs;
  • 1.9 Gbps HTTPS content inspection throughput;
  • 20 Gbps throughput for firewall (UDP 1518);
  • 4.6 Gbps IPS (full scan);
  • 6.84 Gbps VPN (UDP 1518) and 2.2 Gbps (IMIX);
  • 5 Gbps throughput for antivirus;
  • 8 gigabit Ethernet ports, 2 SFP+;
  • 1 serial and 2 USB ports;
  • 250 host TDR sensors;
  • Redundant power supply; and
  • Optional POE+ ports.

Features of the M390 include:

  • Support for 4.5 million concurrent connections and 98,000 new connections per second;
  • Support for 250 VLANS, 250 branch office VPN tunnels and 250 mobile VPNs;
  • 1.32 Gbps HTTPS content inspection throughput;
  • 18 Gbps throughput for firewall (UDP 1518);
  • 3.3 Gbps IPS (full scan);
  • 5.2 Gbps VPN (UDP 1518) and 1.8 Gbps (IMIX);
  • 3.1 Gbps throughput for antivirus;
  • 8 gigabit Ethernet ports; and
  • 1 serial and 2 USB ports.

Features of the M290 include:

  • Support for 3.5 million concurrent connections and 34,000 new connections per second;
  • Support for 75 VLANS, 75 branch office VPN tunnels and 75 mobile VPNs;
  • 0.696 Gbps HTTPS content inspection throughput;
  • 5.8 Gbps throughput for firewall (UDP 1518);
  • 1.3 Gbps IPS (full scan);
  • 2.4 Gbps VPN (UDP 1518) and 0.8 Gbps (IMIX);
  • 1.47 Gbps throughput for antivirus;
  • 8 gigabit Ethernet ports; and
  • 1 serial and 2 USB ports.

According to WatchGuard: "In yet another example of WatchGuard’s commitment to cross-platform integration, it’s easy to deploy, manage and create policies for these new Fireboxes from WatchGuard Cloud. Service providers can share configurations across multiple appliances and clients via templates and deploy appliances remotely from the Cloud. A cohesive 30-day view of log data, fast log search and automated reporting greatly increases visibility. In addition, the new Firebox appliances integrate seamlessly with other solutions across the WatchGuard portfolio — including AuthPoint multi-factor authentication, WatchGuard Wi-Fi Access Points, and ThreatSync endpoint-network telemetry — to greatly simplify traditionally complex security management."

The new models are available now. For more information on the Firebox M290, M390, M590 and M690, visit WatchGuard's site.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 29-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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