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AllLinuxDevices: Security Review: VelociRaptor Firewall Kicks!

Nov 29, 2000, 22:43 (0 Talkback[s])

"On November 6th, AXENT let its all new firewall appliance known as VelociRaptor out of the starting gate. Based on Cobalt's server appliance architecture, VelociRaptor marks AXENT's debut into the firewall appliance market. Firewall technology, and the eBusiness market, has steadily steered itself towards turn-key appliance solutions in the last couple years. Though Veloci- Raptor is a late entrant into this market, the birth of this beasty box is going to give prior market entrants, including the CheckPoint based Nokia IP650, a run for the money. An enhanced version of AXENT's Raptor Firewall software, sitting on top of a pre-hardened Linux operating system, VelociRaptor hardware uses the sleek, 1 rack unit high, show-offy Cobalt based line of server appliances."

"After exceeding $100 million in net revenue in 1999, AXENT announced its intent to be acquired by Symantec in August in a stock for stock transaction worth $975 million. Cobalt, founded in 1996, was recently pur- chased by Sun Microsystems, a neighboring MountainView technology company, and leading carrier class server vendor. AXENT develops and sells numerous information security products and services, with its Raptor Firewalls being one of the strongest solutions on the market. AXENT acquired the Raptor line of firewalls through its acquisition of Raptor Inc., in February of 1998. Raptor was the first company to come out with a firewall for Microsoft's Windows NT enterprise operating system."

"Similar to the Nokia IP650 firewall appliance, VelociRaptor runs on an Intel compatible AMD-K6 platform. Its Remote Management Console (RMC) for Windows NT and Windows 2000 makes it ideal for organizations that need to manage firewall services remotely at customer sites or field offices. All communication between the RMC console and the VelociRaptor is encrypted for secure management over a public network. Included with all VelociRaptor units is a proxy-secured gateway-to-gateway Virtual Private Network (VPN) tunneling capabilities. The VPN capabilities are based on the standard IPSec protocol. Unique to VelociRaptor, VPN traffic can be further protected with our proxy-secured technology, providing fine granularity access control by either source or destination IP address, TCP or UDP applications, time of day and date ranges, as well as a variety of other authentication techniques..."

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