Cisco has unveiled a set of appliances and management tools designed to help secure network infrastructure.
Cisco said that the update would include a new version of the Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) as well as a virtual ASA appliance and a new intrusion prevention system (IPS) offering. Cisco said that the update would target the enterprise-level datacentre market.
"For enterprises to confidently seize the business benefits offered by datacentre virtualisation and the cloud, security must be seen as the art of the possible, not as a hindrance," said Cisco senior vice president and general manager for security and government Christopher Young.
"As with the rest of your network, we make consistent security a deployment decision that enables policies to work throughout hybrid environments - physical, virtual and cloud - and enables datacentre professionals to deliver IT as a service with a high degree of security without impeding network performance."
The ASA 9.0 update will bring improved traffic capacity with support for up to 1 million connections per second. Additionally, Cisco will offer a pay-as-you-go pricing system for companies running virtual servers and improved handling for IPv6 traffic.
Cisco is also offering a virtual appliance version of ASA which will sport and improved firewall and the ability to secure traffic throughout multiple levels of the virtualisation structure.
For the IPS 4500 Series appliance, Cisco is touting a 10 Gbps throughput level as well as improved interoperability.
In addition to the network security offerings, Cisco is also offering management tools for both local and remote network connections. The AnyConnect 3.1 update will offer improve IPv6 support and encryption tools, while the Security Manager 4.3 release will offer easier setup options and will allow administrators to monitor activity on the new ASA and IPS appliances.
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