Network Box, the managed security services firm, has launched two new security appliances, supported by a managed security service, for medium-sized companies. The M-255 and M-285 are designed to provide powerful protection for companies of around 50 employees, but who are ‘heavy’ users of web services or file transfers (such as financial organisations, or web design companies) and so need higher levels of security.
The M-255 and the M-285 provide full unified threat management plus (UTM+) protection, including firewall, intrusion detection and prevention, content filtering, anti-virus and anti-spam. They use Intel Celeron and Pentium Mobile technology, and offer twice the performance and four times the storage of the appliances they replace.
The M-Series security systems from Network Box provide the speed and capacity to allow a small to medium-sized business to grow, without compromising on protection: the series uses the same software as the highest-end models from the company.
“The new M-Series is perfect for smaller companies who are heavy internet users, for example, or who deal with confidential information, or large downloads,” says Simon Heron, internet security analyst for Network Box. “They are specifically designed for companies with around 50 employees or less, making the best protection affordable to smaller companies.”
Built to operate in an office or a datacentre, the M-255 and M-285 use low-power, low-heat technology to deliver more than twice the performance and four times the storage capacity of the successful M-250 model they replace. Both new models feature intelligent fan control to minimise noise and heat while maximising performance.
Specifications include: 2 gigabytes of RAM; Network Box firmware on a 4-gigabyte compact flash; and a 320-gigabyte SATA hard drive for logs and database storage; as well as a temporary spool area. Each model has five Ethernet ports: four 10/100/1000 baseTX; and one 10/100baseTX.
The M-255 is equipped with an Intel Celeron M processor at 1.5 gigahertz and yields about twice the performance of the discontinued M-250. The M-285 has an Intel Pentium M processor at 2 gigahertz – giving it an extra 25 per cent to 30 per cent speed boost over the M-255 model and making it nearly two-and-a-half times faster than the M-250.
The new models are suitable for either desktop or shelf use and are rack-mountable for datacentre deployment. A front-panel LCD display and a four-key entry keypad are included for on-site maintenance, setup and diagnostics.
Full support is provided for Network Box advanced services – such as load balancing, quality of service, and advanced policy-based routing – and the units are fully managed and monitored from the Network Box Global Management System. In addition, they can be integrated with existing clusters and networks of Network Box UTM appliances.
The introduction of the new M-Series models for medium-sized businesses follows on the heels of the significantly upgraded S-Series for the SOHO market that Network Box announced in February.
For more information on Network Box’s S-Series UTM managed service, see www.network-box.co.uk.
For more information on security issues, see www.network-box.co.uk, or visit Simon Heron’s blog at: http://blog.network-box.co.uk/, or follow Simon on Twitter: http://twitter.com/networkbox.
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About Network Box:
Network Box Limited (NBL) is an international managed security services company, specialising in unified threat management (UTM). It continuously defends the networks of its customers using PUSH technology to instantaneously update protection, from 12 Security Operations Centres spread around the globe. NBL’s customers in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe include companies such as BMW, Nintendo and Toyota, as well as banks, utilities companies and government organisations.
For more information, see www.network-box.co.uk / www.network-box.com.
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