WatchGuard's New Firebox X Core and Peak Security Appliances

WatchGuard Technologies has announced its new generation of Firebox X Core and Peak security appliances for mid-sized businesses with the major release of Fireware 9.0. The new Fireware 9.0 software increases the functionality and performance of the Firebox X Core and Peak security appliances to give network administrators a new level of granular control and stability. This release also introduces new advanced integrated networking features including VPN failover, support for IKE 3rd party certificates, drag-and-drop VPN tunnel creation, policy-based routing, VLAN, QoS, multi-WAN failover, load balancing, and high availability with firewall rules. Both appliances offer complete UTM (unified threat management) solutions including anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, intrusion prevention and URL filtering.

Firebox X Core appliances are suited for small and mid-sized enterprises with 50 to 750 users and are capable of 300+ Mbps of firewall throughput. Firebox X Peak appliances can support 500 to 2000 users with 2.0 Gbps of firewall throughput. Most Firebox X Core and Peak appliances can easily be upgraded to higher models in the product line by the simple application of a license key. This allows organisations to adapt and expand to meet the evolving needs. Every Core and Peak e-Series appliance is environmentally friendly, meeting European RoHS requirements.

Along with the new Fireware 9.0 announcement, WatchGuard is announcing a new channel partner program, which includes a co-op initiative to help fund marketing programs, free marketing consultations for partners to help plan and execute effective marketing programs, and the delivery of monthly turn-key marketing campaigns. These campaigns will include a variety of customisable direct mail, electronic direct mail, ad artwork and copy, sample landing pages, sales presentations, scripts for telemarketing, and tips on maximizing effectiveness. The campaigns are also easily customisable to allow for co-branding and style preferences and are translated into seven languages: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

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