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Wick Hill ships new WatchGuard Firebox with VPNs faster by up to 1000%

Upsurge in demand for VPNs

Guildford, Surrey, 20th July 01 - Wick Hill announces it is now shipping the new generation of Firebox Internet security appliances from WatchGuard, which offer performance increases for VPNs (virtual private networks) of up to 1000%.

The new Firebox III range has integrated new VPN technology to achieve such large improvements in speed. The top of the range 4500 model, for example, features SafeNet's CryptPCI 241 hardware accelerator card and delivers speeds of up to 100 mbps VPN/3DES throughput.

The underlying performance of the firewall has also been improved fivefold thanks to a faster processor and upgraded software. The range is completely backwardly compatible with the previous FBII family.

Rob Andrews, solutions specialist at Wick Hill said: "The massive increase in power for VPNs with the Firebox III is a response to the huge upsurge in demand for VPN usage. VPNs have been standard with WatchGuard for some time but perhaps only 3-5% of customers actually used them. Now it's nearer to 50%. Customers previously would connect perhaps two or three sites with VPNs. Now they want to connect 30-50 sites and they want the facilities to manage them all, which WatchGuard provides."

The Firebox III range consists of three models covering a wide range of companies from SMEs up to large corporates with widely distributed enterprises who have a requirement for multiple VPNs with the facility to manage them effectively.

The comprehensive Firebox system includes the Firebox appliance, firewall and VPN protection, management software and the LiveSecurity Service.

Price and Availability

The WatchGuard Firebox III series is available now. SRP (supplier's recommended price) is GBP3400 for the Firebox III 1000, GBP5400 for the Firebox III 2500 and GBP6995 for the most powerful version the Firebox III 4500.

About Wick Hill

Established since 1976, Wick Hill specialises in infrastructure solutions for enabling ebusiness. The company's portfolio for ebusiness and ecommerce covers the areas of web access, web performance, web management and web security.

About WatchGuard

WatchGuard is a leading provider of dynamic, comprehensive Internet security solutions designed to protect enterprises that use the Internet for e-business and secure communications. The Company is a pioneer in the creation of the plug-and-play Internet security appliance and offers solutions for any size organisation, from large enterprises with geographically dispersed offices and telecommuting employees to home offices with a single broadband connection.


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