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Check Point breaks price-performance barrier for most demanding security installations using dual-core processors from Intel

September 25th, 2006

Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced a performance breakthrough for security software in demanding network security environments.

By utilising Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5100 products, Check Point VPN-1® PowerЃ now offers the best-in-class performance of any integrated firewall, VPN and intrusion prevention software available in the security market by delivering 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of throughput – a security industry first delivered on an open-server platform. This combined technology surpasses the speed of specialised hardware while offering customers the flexibility to take advantage of the most recent high performance hardware developments.

“The Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors 5100 Series provides better power management, reliability, speed, and can boost server performance by as much as two and a half times compared to our previous single-core offering,” said Ton Steenman, general manager of the Infrastructure Processor Division, Intel. “Check Point is reaping the benefits of Dual-Core to offer the market a product that ensures high performance software security for organisations of all sizes.”

The adoption of advanced, bandwidth-intensive applications such as VoIP, streaming video and real-time collaborative solutions has created a demand for high performance security solutions able to keep networks secure from Internet attacks and application vulnerabilities without performance degradation. Deep packet inspection of traffic with intrusion prevention enabled on a network firewall can significantly slow packet processing, causing an organisation-wide bottleneck. Many organisations have turned to ASIC-based hardware to address performance needs but these appliances are expensive, difficult to upgrade and encounter depreciating performance as they deal with new threats.

Check Point VPN-1 Power is the industry´s first integrated firewall, VPN and intrusion prevention solution that delivers the high performance needed to protect large enterprise, high-traffic networks. Through BIOS enhancements and the combination of Check Point SecureXLЃ software acceleration technology with Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors 5100 innovations, the optimised open server platform used by Check Point VPN-1 Power enables customers to gain the pre-emptive, deep packet inspection protection of SmartDefense intrusion prevention, while future-proofing their investment in network security software with a solution that achieves up to 10 Gbps of throughput. Check Point´s open server approach delivers the promise, flexibility and affordability of software and allows customers to take advantage of complementary technology breakthroughs without protracted waiting due to firmware upgrades or hardware refresh-cycles. By utilising this solution, companies can secure advanced, media-rich applications while protecting against the latest worms and application-level threats using general purpose hardware – saving time and money.

“High performance security solutions are necessary to protect enterprises from Internet threats and attacks as the adoption of bandwidth intensive, media rich applications proliferate in the workplace,” said Dave Burton, director of product marketing, Check Point Software Technologies. “Through the Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 5100 Series, we achieved an industry-first 10 Gbps using an open server approach ­ a speed unmatched by any other software security vendor. Now customers can enjoy the flexibility of software with the high-performance of hardware at an unbeatable price-performance ratio.”

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