Palo Alto Networks has launched its next generation firewall which safely enables apps and ensures security does not become a barrier to network performance.
The PA-7050 has full application enablement, IPS, AV and WildFire active on all traffic and delivers consistent performance at high speeds, according to a company statement.
This consistency in performance allows organisations to apply next-generation firewall security throughout their networks — from the edge of the enterprise to the datacentre.
Common port-based firewalls, plus simple signature-based protection mechanisms masked as next-generation firewalls cannot safely enable applications; they only block them, and further cannot deliver adequate performance with these security features enabled.
The result is many organisations limit the application of tight security controls, leaving their organisations at risk.
Palo Alto Networks addresses this with a firewall that is designed from the ground up to deliver performance consistency with next-generation security controls enabled.
The PA-7050 runs PAN-OS, the operating system, and supports throughput speeds up to 120 Gbps for core firewall functionality.
Because of its combination of performance and scalability, it is ideally suited for the datacentre where validation of applications and users alongside threat prevention at 100Gbps or more is critical. Also, it protects the Internet gateway where visibility and control over all applications and protection from known and unknown threats are critical. It also ensures that internal network segments, where isolation of critical data and business functions is vital, works as required.
Palo Alto Networks senior vice president, product management, Lee Klarich, said it allowed security teams to achieve two seemingly conflicting goals.
"First, it provides state-of-the-art security at the application level and applies scans for attacks, malware, and exploits," he said.
"Second, because it has a unique single-pass architecture designed to optimise performance, the PA-7050 can provide all of this security capability at speeds much greater than alternatives in the market; this ensures business processes run smoothly and securely for our customers."
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